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Single Family Residential
New Construction
1,800 SF
Philadelphia: Fishtown

Outlet reimagines a couple’s unique street-to-street urban lot with the addition of a new outbuilding connected to their existing residence through an open garden terrace. Referencing a historical model prevalent in Philadelphia, Outlet articulates its use – rental unit (living) atop an artist studio (workshop) – through the abstracted form of a carriage house, while its defining arched window is transposed from the stonework of a neighboring 1800’s church.  Prioritizing a sustainable environment for the client’s family and guests, the design team utilized Passive House principles to inform the project’s technical development. As evidence of the home’s elevated standards of healthy living, the rental unit has been adapted to serve first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing frontline workers with isolated access to clean air and comfortable seclusion.

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home Certified

Building Metrics

Predicted Energy Use Intensity (pEUI): 2.2 kBtu/sf/yr

Actual Energy Use Intensity (EUI): 0.69 kBtu/sf/yr

Home Energy Rating Score (HERS Index): 14

Airtightness (measured): 1.29 ACH50

Building Envelope

Slab On Grade: R-16

Walls Above Grade: R-31

Shared Party Walls: R-23

Roof: R-54

Glazing: Double pane tilt-turn windows, Double pane skylight

Building Systems

Power/Fuel Source(s): All electric

Renewable Energy: Rooftop solar PV
(5.36 kW system size; 6,218 kWh estimated annual solar production)

Heating & Cooling: Ductless mini-split heat pumps

Energy recovery ventilation

Domestic Hot Water: Heat pump water heater

Appliances: Energy-Star

LED lighting

Project Team

Design-Builder: Future & Sons 

Solar PV Consultant: Solar States

Photography: Sam Oberter, DASI Photography


Awards & Recognition

2021 AIA Pennsylvania: Architectural Excellence COTE Award

2020 AIA Philadelphia: Sustainability Award

2020 Green Building United: Groundbreaker Award, Finalist

2023 AIA Philadelphia Home Tours

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