New England's Largest Passive House

Event Date: 

Friday, June 9, 2017


Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, MA

CEU Information: 

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; 2.0 BPI; 3.5 PHIUS CPHC; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

Cost: $25 for NESEA Members, $35 for Non-members

Join NESEA for a tour of the Distillery North, the largest Passive House in New England: a cost-competitive 30 unit apartment building located in South Boston. This is the first phase of a three phase project that will eventually span three buildings, 260,000 sq.ft, and an entire city block.

Pro Tour attendees will hear from Fred Gordon, who will be on-site to lead the tour and presentation, explaining the methods and materials used, and how the project team navigated the difficulties of large-scale development in the City of Boston.

Beyond its energy efficiency, the Distillery North was designed with occupant health and bigger-picture community sustainability in mind.  Among other measures, the building exceeds already high standards for indoor air quality typical for Passive Houses by adding even finer filtration to the Heat Recovery Ventilators, down to the level of micro-particles. It also integrates environmental commitments with the arts (there are 150 artists on the site), with local food production, PV electric production, car charging stations.  When completed, the three buildings together will create a micro-climate which traps warmth in the winter and allows ventilation in the summer, and includes extensive green space for recreation, art, and performances.

Site Details
  • Phase I: 65,000 sq. ft
  • LEED Platinum and PHIUS Passive House (certifications pending)
  • HERS Index of 25
  • PV array offsets 100% of onsite energy consumption
  • 30 housing units across 4 floors
  • Terra cotta, corrugated metal and Hardie panel rain screen

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA, overview of the project by the host

1:45 PM

Group walks together to project site

2:00 PM

Tour of Distillery North begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes & walks back meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


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