Confidential multi-family development

This project was a 5-story market rate multi-family development on the Boston waterfront.

Red Car Analytics used an integrated design approach to deliver a market-rate, net-energy zero building by shifting costs from active systems, such as HVAC, to passive systems, such as the building envelope. The structure and exterior walls were designed as a full wood-framed building using cross-laminated timber (CLT timber).

The energy model was used through a rapid iteration process to unpack the fa├žade design for the reduced thermal peak heating and cooling needs, helping to transfer costs from active mechanical systems to passive architectural strategies.

Further reductions in HVAC equipment become possible by incorporating solar control on the south and west and including ceiling fans in each unit for improved air movement. Ultimately, this can help balance the peak cooling and heating loads in many facades, resulting in smaller units throughout the site.