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The Modules: LEED Silver Modular Housing At Temple University

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 10, 2010 @ 2:45 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Prefab Housing | No Comments

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The five-story building located right next to Temple University’s main campus includes a ground floor parking garage, a bike garage, and a maintenance station topped with four stories of apartments [2] and a roof deck. Thanks to a double-H layout, each apartment at The Modules has access to views and light. Inside there are 72 apartments with either 2 or 3 bedrooms priced at appropriate rental rates that students could afford.

The complex is aiming for LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Homes Mid-rise pilot program, and it is expected to be the largest modular LEED-certified building in the country. The project’s stormwater management system includes a rain garden, a green roof [3], and pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff by 50%. On the exterior of the building is a fiber cement rain screen facade [4] system, that protects the building from the elements.

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From start to finish, the entire project was constructed within 9 months. It involved building 80 prefabricated [6] boxes off-site at Excel Homes [7], and then shipping them to the site where they were put into place. Design took about 3 months before construction commenced, so the total project timeline was one year — impressive for a 80,000 sq ft building.

Jetson Green [8] had a chance to ask Brian Phillips, principal and LEED AP at Interface Studio Architects, a few questions about the process and modular construction. Phillips said, “At this scale there appear to be clear advantages on cost of construction and speed of deployment. This 80,000 square-foot, 5-story building was built from excavation to finish work in 9 months. The ability to fabricate elements of the building outside of Philadelphia County allows for a more competitive labor rate. Also, if time is money – the speed of modular [9] is a savings.”

+ The Modules at TempleTown [10]

+ Interface Studio Architects [11]

Via Jetson Green [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/10/the-modules-leed-silver-modular-housing-at-temple-university/the-modules-1/

[2] apartments: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/08/historic-uk-hostel-turned-into-super-green-residential-housing/

[3] green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-announces-green-roof-initiative/

[4] rain screen facade: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/01/gargantuan-living-wall-with-10000-plants-completed-in-canada/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/10/the-modules-leed-silver-modular-housing-at-temple-university/the-modules-9/

[6] prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/06/belles-townhomes-sfs-first-leed-platinum-multi-family-housing/

[7] Excel Homes: http://www.excelhomes.com/

[8] Jetson Green: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2010/11/prefab-apartments-the-modules-temple.html

[9] modular: http://inhabitat.com/tag/modular-housing

[10] + The Modules at TempleTown: http://www.themodulesattempletown.com/

[11] + Interface Studio Architects: http://www.is-architects.com/main/index.php?/selected-work/modular-apartments/

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