Urban Sustainable Housing

Objective: This project allowed us to research sustainable strategies in urban residential design. Residential buildings are often designed with double-loaded corridors, the challenge to naturally ventilate when a central corridor separates apartments. We sought to reduce the need for mechanical equipment by utilizing renewable resources and a night-flushing technique to prevent build-up of heat. As a result, energy usage is minimzed by not cooling air for the entire building, each unit can determine its own temperature. Cold, winter air is drawn into the building at street level through ducts placed in the facade. This air is pulled underground through a series of fans and filters and is warmed by the Earth’s natural warmth to roughly 47 degrees Fahrenheit. The air passes through a heat exchanger where it is captured and transferred to the fresh air. This further heats the air requiring minimal mechanical heating.