Winner of AIA's 2019 Design of Excellence Award, this high-performance home required a high level of coordination between the HVAC contractor, architect, builder and energy consultant. Take a look at the finished product.


The project team for a 28-unit multifamily complex selects a highly-efficient HVAC system to help achieve Passive House status.

When developer Brooks Patterson, owner of Prodigy Woodworks, first came across a 120-year-old former ice and coal warehouse in Macon, Georgia, he saw the opportunity for transformation. Embodying the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Patterson envisioned Lofts at Empire Yard as a modern, multifamily property housing 28 units.

In compact duct designs, heat pump duct runs are shorter and more centralized, providing less opportunity for energy loss.