Village Centre Apartments near Bangor, Maine, has earned final certification under the Passive House Institute US’s (PHIUS) PHIUS+ pilot program, which defines climate-specific passive house standards for the organization. At more than 54,000 square feet, Village Centre is the largest Passive House building in New England and the second largest in North America.
In this Multifamily Executive article, Jennifer Goodman reports on the project's implications for its low-income tenants.
The building's energy-efficient design will mean low energy bills for residents, an important component of affordable housing, says Alyssa Parker, director of commercial project management at Wright-Ryan, the project’s construction manager. In fact, Village Centre represents an emerging trend in affordable housing, Parker says. “The two largest Passive House projects in the country, Village Centre here in Maine and another development on the West Coast, are both affordable housing," she says. "We’re proving that through smart design and well-executed construction management radical energy efficiency such as with Passive House isn’t restricted to the realm of custom home building.”