Now leasing with October move-in dates.
September 20, 2019. MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Newport Midwest announced the long-term environmental performance of their Hook & Ladder Apartments in the Holland Neighborhood of NE Minneapolis will be studied to determine the energy efficiency of the project’s two buildings.
A five-story wood-frame building is Minnesota’s first multi-family building built to Passive House Certification standards, while a three-story wood-frame building was built to Green Community standards. The buildings will open in October in the heart of the NE Minneapolis Arts District at 2318 Jefferson St. NE.
The passive building uses continuous insulation throughout its envelope to eliminate thermal bridging, and the building envelope is extremely airtight to prevent loss of conditioned air and infiltration of outside air. In addition to being extremely energy efficient, other benefits include unsurpassed occupant comfort due to airtight construction and super insulation that eliminate drafts.
Hook & Ladder was designed by LHB Architects, with Precipitate Architecture as the Passive House consultant. Frerichs Construction is general contractor on the development.
“Our goal is to have an unbiased third party study the environmental performance of the two buildings year-to-year and we plan to share those results with our residents, the neighborhood, and the multi-family apartment building industry,” says Becky Landon, partner, Newport Midwest. “We hope to realize up to 70 percent less energy consumption than buildings with traditional construction methods.”
The passive building’s continuous balanced moisture- and heat-recovery mechanical ventilation ensures fresh filtered air and excellent indoor air quality. The system prevents moisture problems that often plagued extremely airtight buildings in the past. The air in the passive building will completely “turn over” every three to four hours.
Hook & Ladder Apartments are already contributing to a cleaner neighborhood. Prior to the start of construction, $600,000 was spent to clean up the site by removing contaminated soil across the entire site.
“Newport Midwest will be the long-term owner of Hook & Ladder Apartments, and we like to produce interesting, innovative affordable housing projects,” adds Landon. “We’re excited and pleased to create a building that combines energy efficiency and cleaner building products that make a healthier environment for our residents.”
About Newport Midwest
Newport Midwest is a joint venture between Becky Landon, president of Landon Group an affordable-housing consultancy firm in St. Paul, and Newport Partners, a California-based full service real estate firm specializing in development, construction and management of multi-family projects. Newport Midwest leverages a variety of government financing sources including Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) to complete affordable housing projects in the Midwest region.
For more information, visit hookandladderapts.com