E+ HOMES : 156 HIGHLAND STREET
STATUS: PROPOSAL

“E+ Housing can be constructed sustainably and cost-effectively, while enhancing the livability of Boston's neighborhoods now and into the future”

- THOMAS MENINO, MAYOR OF BOSTON

156 Highland Street is part of the Energy + Green Building Competition initiated by the City of Boston. Urbanica and MERGE Architects proposed a nested townhouse typology that can be separated and expanded depending potential sites.

The project is conceived as a replicable prototype of efficient and sustainable residential construction for the city of Boston. The building consists of four three‐bedroom townhouses, approximately 2,500sf each. Sited on a currently vacant parcel in a vibrant urban neighborhood, the proposal will fill and densify the current neighborhood fabric.

The houses’ form and orientation serve to maximize natural daylight and solar gain for the photo‐voltaic array that will generate more electricity than is needed. Our approach includes two major strategies for energy reduction: first, a super insulated envelope minimizes heat transfer without relying on mechanical conditioning techniques; second, a feedback mechanism provides information and prompts to users in the house regarding their energy‐related activity.

The project, in spite of its technological advancements, is inexpensive and simple in its construction, allowing transfer and easy replication in whole or part of its strategies to new and existing units in the region.

TYPE
SIZE
UNITS
TIMELINE
ROLE
DESIGN PARTNER

New Development - Residential
9,500 sf
4 units of townhouses
May 2011 - Schematic Competition Proposal
Developer and Design Manager
MERGE Architects