As architects, we are interested in achieving the highest level of design. As builders, we are interested in letting the process of making further enhance the architecture. As developers we work to maximize the opportunities of each site. In all aspects we employ strategies that function in multiple levels, to have the greatest impact. Work with Onion Flats to realize your projects full potential.
GROUND BREAKING PASSIVE HOUSE
Following the completion of The Battery in Northern Liberties, Onion Flats' new 28 unit Passive House project’s foundation is in and the BuildSMART Passive House Wall Panels are being installed. These prefabricated wall panels have the Passive House windows and exterior rigid insulation pre-installed, simplifying and speeding up construction of the Passive house envelope.
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1. CUSTOM HOMES- Northern Liberties
2. 1405 FRANKFORD AVE. - Fishtown
3. 1412-22 FRANKFORD AVE.- Fishtown
4. PARADE STREET COMMONS- Erie, PA
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2016 DVGBC GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS
PROGRAM AWARD: The PHFA Project
The PHFA Project began in 2014 when Tim McDonald and 25 other stakeholders, under the auspices of the Architectural Research Center, a think tank within Temple University Architecture program, approached the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and asked them to initiate a project which would have ALL affordable housing in Pennsylvania be designed and constructed to a Net-Zero-Energy-Capable standard by 2030. The “tool” proposed to achieve this was Passive House. McDonald’s design/build firm, Onion Flats, had already built Belfield Townhouses, Pennsylvania’s first Passive House Certified project, serving formerly homeless families and demonstrated as a proof of concept that Passive House projects can be built on affordable housing budgets.
"This PHFA Initiative to date has funded almost 900 new Passive House affordable housing units in PA"
Onion Flats IN THE NEWS
Despite winnowing energy consumption by up to 80 percent, passive design is often seen as an added—and untenable—first cost to building developers. Now, one market sector is getting a boost to make the investment more palatable: affordable housing. Thanks to a movement that originated in Pennsylvania, many states are now offering tax credits and incentives to encourage the construction of buildings that are in compliance with the Passive House performance standard developed by the German-based Passivhaus Institut and adapted to the United States market by the Passive House Institute US.
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THE BATTERY IS A WINNER!
Groundbreaker Award: Green Building United: The BatteryULI Philadelphia Willard Rouse Award of Excellence for BOTH Capital Flats 1,2,3 AND South Point (Onion Flats Architecture, Innova: Developer)PHIUS Multifamily Project of the Year Award: The BatteryDesign Philadelphia 2018, 2nd place: The Battery. It was a long shot entering this project into a product design competition but they didn’t think so: