Healthy housing for Mission Hill

40-unit bid stresses energy efficiency

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
March 28, 2017

An ultra-green Mission Hill complex would promote energy efficiency as well as occupants’ well-being, according to a proposal that replaces a vacant Roxbury Knights of Columbus building with 40 apartments and three commercial spaces that would include a family restaurant.

“The project (will) create 40 housing units that are designed at the highest level of health consciousness, affording those with environmental sensitivities an unparalleled and unprecedented housing option,” according to plans from Boston Green Development, LLC, for the five-story Mission Flats project at 1457 Tremont St.

Developers plan to seek certification from the International WELL Building Institute, which measures buildings’ impacts on occupants’ health in relation to air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

Its roof would include a 2,000-square-foot deck that’s proposed as the project’s open space.

The project would combine “passive house” construction and a rooftop photovoltaic solar panel canopy to help achieve PassivHaus certification, an energy-efficiency standard for buildings that require little energy for heating or cooling.

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