You might be
tired of hearing the word “sustainability” inserted into daily conversation,
but the concept is not leaving the consciousness of designers any time soon.
While the phrase has become a buzzword of sorts, it is something that is here
to stay—especially when discussing the future of architecture and interior
design in relation to energy. According to the US Energy Information
Administration, last year residential and commercial buildings consumed 41% of
the country’s total energy. There is plenty of room for improvement and the
industry is shifting to address this global issue.
Moisan began their mindful approach to sustainable design by adhering to LEED
Certified standards, creating many LEED Platinum projects along the way. We’re
consistently aiming to raise the efficiency of our designs and LEED principles
laid the foundation of AMA’s pursuit of creating buildings that adhere to the
stringent standards of Passive House design.
name, a Passive House is not limited to a single residence. The guidelines can
be implemented in much larger developments like office and apartment buildings.
Working alongside REACH Community Development and Walsh Construction, our
partners on the project, AMA is on the verge of making history with the
completion of Orchards at Orenco. The project, located in Hillsboro, Oregon,
will be the largest Passive House development in the United States. Picture below is a sample unit design.
Phase I of
the affordable housing development will provide 57 workforce units to an area that
currently has none. While Passive House concepts are not new to US firms, the
practice of using these standards for affordable living is. AMA prides itself
on creating places where people and communities thrive and this project challenges
the assumptions of what is possible.
December we were thrilled to report a preliminary blower test that returned a
truly incredible result of .075 ACH50. A result like this will ensure that
energy costs to the residents of this community will be at a minimum.
Moisan has taken further action in their pursuit of highly efficient designs by
signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. The ultimate goal of this pledge is to realize
the design of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. To get there we need to
hold our standards high. Part of this pledge requires tracking and reporting
the performance of our buildings, which can only serve as a great resource to
maintain our standards.
Sustainable design is not a trend that will disappear. It’s a habit that must be
incorporated into daily design. The more people practice it, the sooner we will