HOUSE 8

Completed 2018.

ABOUT | This single-family, urban infill rowhome neatly tucks into Ludlow’s fabric of varied architectural styles. This 8-level home is designed to feel small from the street but once inside, the building opens up to reveal multiple spaces distinct from one another and connected by the vertical stair core. With 10 foot high ceilings and ample glazing, sunlight reaches far into the heart of the home where a central stair connects the home's six interior and two roof deck levels. Each half-story visually bleeds into two others which further accentuates the feeling of openness. House 8's exterior spaces are as delightful as the home's interior. The main living space looks upon a sunken rear yard with a garden and grass yard beyond, and a west facing roof deck allows the perfect view for a sunset.  As a Passive House guided project with a HERS Index of 43, its envelope is super-insulated, airtight, and thermal bridge free, with continuously up-cycled fresh air via the Energy Recovery Ventilator.  Eschewing the high global warming potential of foam plastic insulation, it lowers its carbon footprint while responsibly moving towards zero energy.

SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES | Airtightness = 0.30 ACH50 | High efficiency air-to-air heat pump | Energy Recovery Ventilation | Energy Star appliances | Low-flow plumbing fixtures

CONTRIBUTORS | General Contractor: Wooden Box

Photographer: Dave Apple