Passive House project in Union Square

I’ve spent time over the past year learning about passive house standards and advocating that they be included in Somerville’s zoning code as a density bonus — an incentive for developers. Today, I attended a presentation from a developer who is exploring a project that would construct a passive house in Union Square. I asked them specifically about the density bonus and they replied that this project was made possible by (and is dependent on) the density bonus in the proposed new zoning code. That’s an encouraging sign that the density bonus would encourage the kind of development that Somerville needs more of.

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