The Passive House Design Challenge has awarded 8 projects for a total of 540 housing units. It is currently closed to additional applicants.

MassCEC seeks to demonstrate that multi-family affordable housing that meets Passive House standards can be built at a low- to no-cost premium in Massachusetts. The Passive House Design Challenge made awards of up to $4,000 per unit for 8 new construction affordable housing developments that are seeking Massachusetts Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).  The goal of the program is to demonstrate that new construction can be built with a less than 3% cost premium.


 

Passive House Design Challenge Awardees

$1.73M was awarded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Passive House Design Challenge program, part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s $15 million Affordable Access for Clean and Efficient Energy (AACEE) initiative. The grants, awarded to 8 affordable housing developments in Cambridge, Gloucester, Hanson, Northampton, Holbrook and Boston totaling 540 high-efficiency units, provide energy savings and improved indoor air quality for low-income households. 

 

Firm and Project Location # Units Award

Beacon Communities Old Colony Phase Three C - South Boston

South Boston 

55

$120,000
Community Builders North Commons Northampton

53

$212,000
Dakota Partners Depot Village Hanson

48

$192,000
Homeowner’s Rehab Inc.’s Finch Cambrige Cambridge

98

$147,000
NeighborWorks Southern Mass’s Holbrook Center Senior Housing Holbrook

72

$131,200
NorthShore Community Development Corporation’s Harbor Village Gloucester

30

$120,000
Preservation for Affordable Housing Mattapan Station Mattapan

135

$540,000
Preservation of Affordable Housing Bartlett Station Lot D Roxbury

52

$168,000

 

MassCEC CEO Steve Pike announces Passive House Design Challenge winners

 





 
 

Passive House Incentives from MassSave®

Building on the momentum of MassCEC’s program, MassSave® has announced an incentive program for new construction multi-family projects of four stories and above to consider and certify building to Passive House standards. This program is both for market rate and affordable multi-family new construction.   Buildings are eligible for:

Up to $5,000 for a Passive House feasibility study

75% up to $20,000 for Passive House Energy Modelling

$3,000 per unit if the building gets Passive House certification

To apply, email details of your proposed building to multifhr@icf.com.

Passive House Training Resources

 

WEBINAR: An Introduction to Multi-Family Passive House

Download slides

 

WEBINAR: How to use the Passive House Training Tool

Link to tool

 

 

About Passive House

Passive House is a green building certification that ensures extremely high levels of energy efficiency and the provision of fresh air for ventilation.  Multi-family buildings built to the Passive House standard generally use 40% less total energy than energy stretch code-compliant buildings. The annual energy use of 8-12 Passive House multi-family apartments is roughly equivalent to the average existing single-family suburban home in Massachusetts.

Passive House buildings achieve:

  • Drastically lower energy use and operational cost savings
  • Healthy fresh air quality from ventilation systems 
  • Consistent and comfortable room temperatures without air drafts
  • Increased natural lighting and quieter acoustic conditions
  • A more resilient and comfortable building 
  • Lower energy demand, which can be easily provided by solar power, creating a pathway to a net-zero or net-positive building 

 

Go to the Passive House Massachusetts Website

See case studies of Passive House projects in New England