An Architecture Firm’s Push to Build Net-Zero Apartments—On a Budget

Published by The Wall Street Journal: Onion Flats, the Philadelphia-based architecture-and-building firm behind Front Flats, is at the forefront of designing low-cost buildings that use design, mechanical equipment and residents’ behavior to slash fossil fuel consumption. Mark Lyles, a project manager at New Buildings Institute, a nonprofit based in Portland, Ore., that promotes low-carbon construction, says the work by Onion Flats is noteworthy because it ties together on-site renewable energy generation with “deep efficiency.”

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