Freedom's Path To Zero
Multifamily Housing Design for Veterans
Team EcoEDGE April 2018
1st Place Award-Small Multi-family Housing Contest
RacetoZero Student Design Competition
Freedom’s Path to Zero is a multifamily residential building located in Chillicothe, Ohio that provides safe and affordable housing for homeless U.S. veterans. Our multidisciplinary student team has designed 58 one- and two-bedroom, net-zero apartments that respond to high demands for housing by the veterans and their families. The proximity to the local Veteran Affairs Medical Center and access to excellent public transit services will positively impact the occupants’ integration into the Chillicothe community. A dedicated support network helps the veterans reestablish a sense of personal control within their new, sustainable living spaces. Through meeting both DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements and Passive House (PH) criteria, Freedom’s Path to Zero will be equipped to best serve those who have served us.
DESIGN STRATEGY AND KEY POINTS
This project has concentrations in accessibility, universal design, durability, performance-cost balance, individual control of interior environment, and degrees of privacy (from personal to communal). The design relies on PH building principles and compartmentalization to achieve these goals. Key passive and active strategies include: optimized site orientation, a tight envelope with high R-value insulation, photovoltaic roof array, and decentralized geothermal system for conditioning air.
#3D Modelling @Sketchup/Revit
My responsibilities included research, architectural design, interior design, innovation design, as well as completing most of the diagrams and renderings for the project.