The inaugural project for WDG’s Special Projects Initiative this demonstration project was taken on to celebrate the 75th anniversary for the firm. Conducted in cooperation with a private client and The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture the project started early 2013 with a 4 student design studio led by myself and Eric Liebmann to conduct research and develop the basic design of a net-zero energy 5,700-sf, 4-story, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath rowhome sited at 1912 35th Street NW, Washington DC. The home is designed to the Passive House Institute standard. Energy modeling was primary conducted using both the Open Studio and WUFI platforms to determine predicted energy usage and photovoltaic array size. The envelope is a pressure equalized cladding system with continuous insulation. Glazing has been carefully selected to optimize solar heat gain. Spaces are laid out on an open plan with a large two story living room opening directly onto a sustainably landscaped backyard. A roof deck provides stunning views of Washington DC set within the PV Array. The project will be open to the public for tours after completion. I have presented the project to the DC AIA Committee on the Environment and highlighted our work during a session at the 2014 DesignDC Convention in a panel discussion on Net-Zero Buildings.
The project is currently filed for permit with the city and ARTA Construction has been signed to build the home with a projected early 2015 start date. This project is on track for LEED for Homes Platinum certification.