Passive House CERTIFIED CONSULTANT
Onion Flats Architects has a number of in-house Certified Passive House consultants/designers, certified through both PHIUS and PHI, as well as certified Passive House Tradesmen who have extensive experience developing affordable and successful Passive House projects. In 2012 Onion Flats completed Belfield Homes; the first Certified Passive House (PHI) project in Pennsylvania. The Belfield Homes project was awarded the 2014 International PHI award for single family attached housing and took 2nd place in the PHIUS’s 2015 Passive House Awards for Affordable Housing. Our holistic experience as designers / developers / builders of Passive House, Net-Zero-Energy-Capable buildings makes high performance building standard practice.
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING
Onion Flats has been exploring the opportunities offered by modular construction since early 2000 including partnering with a modular manufacturer for more than five years, and completing a number of modular projects. As a result, Onion Flats has extensive experience in the challenges and opportunities of modular construction. Onion Flats provides consulting services in both modular planning, site suitability, financial analysis, and modular manufacturer selection.
Onion Flats has been a leader in sustainable design since it’s origin. From adaptive-reuse, renovation, to new construction, Onion Flats can provide a wide variety of insights in sustainability to a project team, from LEED, to PASSIVE HOUSE, to common sense approaches. Our recent efforts have been focused on High-Performance Building Envelopes using low-tech, affordable materials. We have developed cost-efficient systems and have generated relationships with product manufacturers who understand the their systems within a holistic approach to high performance. In collaboration with our Green Roof division which has installed more than 500,000 square feet of green roof systems, we are able to provide vegetated roof system design and consulting.
Onion Flats experience in Design, Development & Construction, allows us to provide other developers with insight in their projects, including Proforma analysis, Design Review, Contractor Selection, and Owner’s Representation.