This morning, Empowerhouse, a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology, held a ground breaking ceremony for a net-zero, two‐family home in Deanwood.
The development of the home is being done in conjunction with the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathalon, which will take place on the Mall at the end of September. Developed with Habitat for Humanity and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the project will be one of the first passive houses in the District.
Once built, the two-unit property will use state-of-the-art passive energy technologies, which aim for maximum energy efficiency to reduce the need for supplemental electricity production. Each unit is designed as a “net‐zero” system , so the home’s energy use will be approximately 1/10th of its neighbors.
Site in Deanwood
While the Solar Decathalon will take place on the Mall, the Empowerhouse team is constructing the home on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and then shipping and reconstructing it on the Mall for the competition. At the end of the Decathalon, it will be moved to 4642 Gault Place NE (map) and expanded into a two‐family home. Habitat for Humanity will select the families who will live there.
The team is also working with Deanwood’s Lederer Community Youth Garden to provide plantings for a roof garden and vegetable window boxes, and will create a system of modular furnishings for the home.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/empowerhouse_team_breaks_ground_on_net_zero_home_in_deanwood/3734
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