By Emily Kingston

Did you know that ICON Architecture designed the first Multi-Family Passive House in Massachusetts?

Located on South Boston’s historic waterfront, The Distillery North is not only the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but is also the largest mixed-use Passive House in New England. Occupying a city block between Dorchester Street and H Street in South Boston, the project site was once a rum distillery connected to the Boston Harbor through working canals. The 5-story building now provides 28 ultra-sustainable units as the first phase of a multi-staged development. The Distillery North enhances the vibrant community with ground floor commercial space, a café, and a roof deck with sweeping views of the city.

The Distillery North achieves a total Primary Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 22.4 kBTU/sf/year, or an incredible 82% reduction of over the baseline estimate of 124.8 kBTU/sf/year for a midrise apartment building using ASHRAE 2013. It achieved a score of 98 LEED points, 8 points above Platinum under the LEED for Homes Midrise Version 3 Rating System. ICON Architecture is already developing its next Passive House projects, and looks forward to spreading this ultra-sustainable design method across New England. For more information – please visit ICON on the web at

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