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BUILDING STANDARDS

PHOTO CREDIT: ICON ARCHITECTURE

ICON Architecture is completing
The Distillery, the largest Passive
House project in Massachusetts.

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The Passive House Building Standard requires an integrated design process. BY MICHELLE APIGIAN

ith its laser focus on exceptional energy reduction, the Passive House
Building Standard is the
world's most energy efficient. Applicable
to all building types and uses, it not only
dramatically reduces utility bills, operating costs and our carbon footprint, but its
natural byproduct is buildings that are far
more durable, phenomenally comfortable
and healthy to be in, and highly resilient.
Just as important, this superior quality and performance does not require a
comparable increase in cost. What it does
require is an integrated design process

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committed to a holistic approach toward
building envelope and systems. It also encourages a partnership between designer
and builder and a return to the craft of
building, where attention to detail and
pride of quality are truly valued.
ICON Architecture is completing the
largest Passive House project in Massachusetts, and one of the first of its scale in
New England. The Distillery was conceived
as a demonstration project intended to
set a replicable standard for high-quality, low-carbon development. This infill
development in South Boston, Mass., will
ultimately provide 65 new live-work units

for artists that enhance an existing, vibrant
artist and business community in an adjacent historic distillery mill. The first phase,
expected to be completed at the end of
2016, includes 28 units with parking, new
commercial space, a roof deck and a large
shared courtyard.

What Does the Standard Require?
Passive House is based on specific, measurable criteria that establish an explicitly
low energy budget by setting a maximum
limit on space heating and cooling demand,
air tightness and primary energy. Heating
and cooling loads are effectively the miles


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