Village Hill


Village Hill

Residential: Affordable Multi Family

Northampton , MA | 2022

  • 152K GSF
  • 1 Company
  • 2 Professionals


The Community Builders is one of America's leading nonprofit housing organizations whose mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. They realize their mission by developing, financing and operating residential communities, neighborhood amenities and resident opportunity programs. In their development work, TCB has worked to revitalize or construct high-quality, energy-efficient apartment homes. At North Commons at Village Hill, they are seeking to add a multifamily building that meets their sustainability goals and takes it to the next level of efficiency: the Passive House standard.
Working to achieve this level of performance and quality requires an integrated design process and teamwork from all parties throughout design and construction. This project has achieved Passive House certification under the Passive House Institute U.S. Program, as well as certifications for Energy Star, Indoor Air Plus, and Zero Energy Ready Homes.

Project Owner

The Community Builders

Is the project achieving or targeting net zero energy?


Is the project Net Zero or Net Zero Ready?

Net Zero Ready

Project Size in GSF


Category of height


Number of residential units


Percent site energy savings


Percent site energy savings vs. stretch code baseline or vs. LEED baseline if stretch code not applicable.

How is the building all-electric for heating?

Air-source Heat Pump

Is the service hot water all-electric?


What is the primary system type for domestic hot water?

Fossil-fuel fired

On-site renewable energy


Is the owner purchasing off-site renewable energy to offset all electricity consumption?


The construction cost difference from "conventional" to being net zero "ready" (including incentives) for this building is

>3% to 5%

Certifications related to Energy / Carbon


Site EUI

17.9 kBtu/sf/year

Net Site EUI

15.0 kBtu/sf/year

Carbon Emissions Intensity (CEI)


What is the climate zone for this project?

5A Cool Humid

Project Team

Sustainability Consulting