Hook & Ladder Apartments will provide 118 units of affordable housing in Northeast Minneapolis in two buildings, one of which is Passive House (PHIUS+ 2015) pre-certified, the other is standard affordable housing construction. Upgrades to the PHIUS building include enhanced insulation and windows, minimized thermal bridging, continuous ventilation with energy recovery, and air sealing to meet strict air-tightness testing. This will result in a building that not only uses less energy, but will be more comfortable for the people who live there.
Above: A project rendering by LHB shows the standard building to the left and the PHIUS Pre-Certified building to the right. The PHIUS building is adjacent to an active railroad. Increased insulation and high-performance windows will reduce the sound transmission to building residents in units.
Precipitate served as the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) on the project, modeling energy consumption and working closely with the design team to ensure the project was designed to be cost-effective as well as certifiable.
This April 2018, the project received PHIUS+ 2015 Pre-Certification through the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). This makes it the first PHIUS Pre-Certified multifamily project in Minnesota, and one of a few of large projects in climate zone 6A.
Developer: Newport Midwest LLC
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Steen Engineering