H O U S E  8

New Construction
1,400 SF
Philadelphia, PA: Kensington
Contributors: Wooden Box

This single-family, eight-level rowhome tucks neatly into the eclectic fabric of Philadelphia’s architecture. By altering the traditional rowhome model to become multi-leveled, space for living is maximized. While it appears small from the street, once inside, high ceilings and ample glazing provide visual continuity while a stair-core physically connects all levels. To juxtapose the dynamic interior, the front facade is purposefully quiet. It is clad in a single material and is devoid of the utility equipment that typically clutters urban projects. Even the systems are reduced to a single source, electricity. It represents a version of what all urban infill homes can be.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y   S T R A T E G I E S

Passive House Principles

Zero Energy Ready Homes Certification


0.30 ACH 50

HERS 43
Energy Recovery Ventilation
Foam-free assemblies
All electric systems
Reduced heating and cooling system size
Energy-Star appliances
High interior air quality
Low-flow plumping fixtures

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