While creating an amenity-rich “lifetime house” for a family of three, the Ames residence also tackles the most challenging problem in sustainability: the deep green retrofit of a detached single family home in an urban setting. To meet the rigorous PHIUS building efficiency standard, the building was record with a continuous 4’’ layer of inflammable insulation and a gable roof was flattened out to receive electricity-generating photovoltaic cells, triggering a torrent of adverse regulations. Most dramatic of all, the gingerbread Victorian cottage was transformed into a modern townhome.

Client: Private

Year: 2019

Certification: Passive House Goal

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