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West Turner Residences Earns Passive House Certification

July 5, 2018

West Turner Residences in Allentown, PA is now Passive House certified— making it the fifth development in Pennsylvania to receive this certification.

Formerly known as Sacred Heart Residences, West Turner Residences is a high-quality, affordable housing community that caters to the Lehigh Valley’s 62 and older population. The four-story building offers 61 brand new one and two-bedroom apartment homes. Amenity spaces include a community room with kitchenette, fitness center, game room, library, lobby lounge, common laundry rooms, and a roof terrace. Developed in partnership with Sacred Heart Hospital, the community creates holistic access for seniors to geriatric, physical therapy, and other senior-focused medical functions located in 5,000 s.f. on the first floor.

Passive building is a set of design principles aimed at attaining a rigorous level of energy efficiency, while maintaining resident comfort. A passive building must meet the following five principals:

  • Employs continuous insulation throughout its entire envelope without any thermal bridging.
  • The building envelope is extremely airtight, preventing infiltration of outside air and loss of conditioned air.
  • Employs high-performance windows (typically triple-paned) and doors.
  • Uses some form of balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation and a minimal space conditioning system.
  • Solar gain is managed to exploit the sun's energy for heating purposes in the heating season and to minimize overheating during the cooling season.

To be Passive House certified by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), a development must meet certain criteria. This includes third-party RESNET approved quality assurance/quality control, earning U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) status, earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor airPLUS label, and a HERS rating. The PHIUS+ Certification Program is the leading passive building certification program in North America and is a collaborative process that begins in the design phase and continues through completion of the project.

Pennrose makes selecting Passive House designs priority as part of the company’s efforts to build sustainable communities that positively impact both residents and the surrounding neighborhood. This is the second Pennrose project built to Passive House standards in Pennsylvania, and the first to receive certification.