Linnaean Apartments - CAMBRIDGE, MA

20 affordable apartments, undergoing a deep energy retrofit and targeting net zero energy.

OVERVIEW.  Linnaean Apartments contains 20 units of elderly/disabled efficiency dwelling units in a low-rise building managed and maintained by the Cambridge Housing Authority.

THE EXISTING BUILDING.  This three story wood frame, masonry and cast concrete building includes exterior corridors/balconies, and was originally constructed in 1962, then later purchased but never used as a college dormitory for Radcliffe. In 1981 the structure was converted into affordable elderly and disabled housing. Per a recent capital needs assessment, it was clear that a number of building attributes were approaching the end of their useful lifespan.

DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT GOAL.  The project goal is a full envelope and systems update to achieve a deep energy retrofit providing:
 - improved occupant comfort
 - exceptionally low operating costs
 - healthier indoor air quality
 - long term durability with low maintenance
 - zero on-site fossil fuel use

ENVELOPE & SYSTEMS IMPROVEMENTS. The goal is for the building to be revitalized with a new super-insulated enclosure, high performance windows, high efficiency heating/cooling, new domestic hot water systems, new mechanical ventilation, and if budget allows, a solar electric system to help offset consumption.

 

 

SERVICES: GREEN ARCHITECTURE

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DESIGN BASICS

Square Footage: 15,000
Dwelling Units: 20
Status: Study Phase

ENERGY

Super-Insulation (planned)
Solar Electric System (planned)
Net Zero Energy (target)
Zero Fossil Fuel On-Site (target)

PROJECT TEAM

ZeroEnergy Design
Architecture
Petersen Engineering
MEP/FP Engineer
Cambridge Housing Authority
Owner/ Manager
Eric Roth Photography
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