New Atlantic submits proposal for zero carbon footprint housing in Roxbury
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
In response to an RFP issued by the Department of Neighborhood Development, New Atlantic is proposing a new 18-unit condominium project at 273-287 Highland Street in Roxbury. Working with Utile, the project architect, the proposed project will exceed all energy codes and will actually produce more energy on an annual basis than it consumes.
Named Highland Yard, the project is designed to be durable, energy-efficient, and resource-conserving. The building addresses the specific needs of Boston’s climate: it keeps heat in and cold temperatures out, lets the sunlight in during the winter, and promotes cross-ventilation and good shading during the summer. However, to surpass the target of net-zero energy, a climate-responsive design must take additional measures to optimize envelope performance, building systems efficiency, and renewable energy production.
For this reason, the project has adopted the guidelines of the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive House standard. By designing to this standard, heating and cooling demands will be kept so low that space conditioning systems can be kept simple and small, and overall operational energy use will be minimal. As a result, the building will be able to produce more energy than it consumes after the integration of a renewable solar photovoltaic system.
Girard wins 2017 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence
Monday, July 10, 2017
The Girard team is excited to win a 2017 Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Honor Award for Design Excellence! The program recognizes design excellence – informed by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social, or other characteristics – for any project completed by Massachusetts architects, or any project built in Massachusetts designed by architects located anywhere in the world. This year’s jury chose 19 projects for the Honor Award from 119 submissions.
Utile and New Atlantic Development’s mixed-use apartment complex, named after American textile designer Alexander Girard, opened its door to tenants in October 2016. The 160-unit building totals approximately 240,000 square feet with 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail.