By Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager

On October 12th, the RGBC had the pleasure of listening to Shawn Pang, of Urbanica, discuss an E+ High Performance home in the Fort Hill neighborhood of Boston. The project, which is located at 223-232 Highland Street, took 3 years to complete – achieving LEED platinum and Net Positive status! Urbanica, (a developer, designer, and construction firm) teamed up with the BRA, Department of Neighborhood Development, the USGBC, BSA, National Grid, and Eversource to complete this fascinating and innovative project. 

Pang spoke at length of the process Urbanica took in regards to the project, including the fundamental strategy of creating a robust, thermal envelope – and letting the other components fall into face appropriately. Shawn educated the audience on some of the specifications on the building, including bay windows, solar PV, and real time data monitoring to track performance and behavioral data. Other design features included triple glazed windows, a HERS rating of -6 to -9, and a building envelope that included R20, R40, and R60. 

Thanks again to Shawn for an incredible presentation, and being one of the pioneers in transforming the way we think and approach urban building! Download the presentation HERE

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