Case Study - Morningside Crossing

Building Details

Building Name Morningside Crossing
Construction / refurbishment date 2018
Building Size6330
Building Type
Academic
Commercial
Healthcare
Industrial
Residential (single)
Residential (multi-unit)
Retail
Other
Address 1808 Jancey Street
Pittsburgh
PA
15206
United States
Region North America

Performance Details

Health and Wellbeing

Buildings or projects that display best practice approaches that enhance the health and wellbeing of their occupants, and as such have been verified and certified as "healthy" projects.

Qualification criteria:RESET
Qualification level achieved, if applicable:none
Other certification scheme and level achieved, if applicable:used Passive House and RESET criteria as a basis for design
Verification year:2019
Special pleading:This project illustrates how by using Passive House strategies superior air-quality is acheived

Submitter's Details

Organisation Thoughtful Balance

Additional Details

Our air-quality monitors suggest that we are hitting RESET targets 90% of the time. The sensors are placed within units where occupant behavior can skew the results in a downward direction. This is a phenomenal finding. The building EUI is estimated to be in the mid twenties as we have not been operating for a year yet. Air-quality is normally not available to low-income residents. Now the residents wee that they have superior air-quality on their smart-phone. There were no additional measures to improve air-quality other than specifying low VOC finishes and using and ERV for ventilation air. Passive House building naturally are inclined to meet RESET air-quality standards.

Air-tight envelopes paired with filtered ventilation are the keys to not only energy savings using Passive House strategies and super-low energy use as well as air-quality that is hitting RESET air standards. This exciting two for one makes the health case for Passive House. Anecdotally we have noticed that our Passive House projects almost never require dusting!

"This project illustrates how by using Passive House strategies superior air-quality is achieved."