State College Community Land Trust, Envinity Inc, Henry Architecture and Design, Paul Macht Architects, Weber Murphy Fox Inc
Since 2014, EEHR has partnered with the State College Community Land Trust to research, design, and document the GreenBuild Duplex at 1394 University Drive in State College, PA. The homes are designed to be net-zero energy (they produce as much energy as they use) while remaining affordable to median-income homebuyers in the area. EEHR facilitated multiple design charrettes with the SCCLT and local community members and researched best practices to produce a set of design recommendations for the duplex. The homes were initially designed by students through the Department of Energy’s Race to Zero student design competition. In Fall 2016, Envinity–in collaboration with Henry Architecture and Design and Paul Macht Architects–began producing a set of construction documents based off of the research, design, and recommendations of EEHR. Construction began on the homes in October 2017 and is expected to be finished in May 2018.
Race to Zero Student Design Competition
Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, Department of Energy
Each year, EEHR and PHRC (Pennsylvania Housing Research Center) support the Penn State Race to Zero team. The Race to Zero competition has been facilitated by the Department of Energy since 2014; it challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements. Penn State has participated in this competition each year since 2014 and has consistently partnered with a local housing organization for providing the site and context.