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the deep-performance dwelling

design statement

“Deep-Performance” implies a socially, culturally, and technologically advanced architecture that embodies qualitative and quantitative notions of performance in addressing energy efficiency, comfort, wellbeing, affordability, environmental sustainability and ecological awareness.

  • TYPOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE
    TYPOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE
  • TYPOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE
    TYPOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE
    The DPD is a uniquely syncretic product of our study of two proven traditional housing typologies born of different cultures. The row house typology, typical of Montreal’s urban fabric, accommodates single-family scenarios in a long and narrow low-rise form. The Siheyuan courtyard house demonstrates an environmentally and culturally specific approach to city dwelling of great historic, social, and functional value.
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  • NET-ZERO ENERGY, LOW CARBON
    NET-ZERO ENERGY, LOW CARBON
  • NET-ZERO ENERGY, LOW CARBON
    NET-ZERO ENERGY, LOW CARBON
    By using passive design and construction principles, we are designing a net-zero energy capable dwelling in an urban context. This is possible by developing the design through an integrative process overarching the project. From the active systems to building envelope and prefabrication construction methods, all aspects of the house contributes to the house’s zero-energy goal.
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  • SOCIO-CULTURALLY RELEVANT
    SOCIO-CULTURALLY RELEVANT
  • SOCIO-CULTURALLY RELEVANT
    SOCIO-CULTURALLY RELEVANT
    TeamMTL begins with the premise that the project’s design and construction must be applicable to the contemporary Montreal urban, social, and affordable housing context. “Deep-Performance” implies a socially, culturally, and technologically advanced architecture that embodies qualitative and quantitative notions of performance in addressing energy efficiency, comfort, wellbeing, affordability, environmental sustainability and ecological awareness. The ongoing transformation in the social dynamics and the composition of the contemporary family unit have revealed the need for flexibility and adaptability over time for diverse live-work-play and inter-generational scenarios which is at the heart of the DPD design.
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  • TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
    TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
  • TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
    TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
    Sensors will monitor various data sets while displays and smart appliances will allow for their visualization and interactivity. This multimedia experience will raise ecological awareness and contribute to systemic change in our collective efforts to live sustainable lifestyles.
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flexible living

hybrid prograMming

We consider the ongoing transformation in the social dynamics and variability of composition of the contemporary family unit as a primary driver for innovation toward urban sustainability. The need for flexibility and adaptability over time for diverse living configurations (live/work/play, intergenerational, extended family) is an inspiration for the architecture of the DPD.

 

the dpd features a

urban density and affordable housing

The DPD is intended as an urban single-family home that answers the pressing global challenge to provide affordable and robust housing in cities that must achieve greater environmental and cultural sustainability, livability, and social equity. It includes layers of private/shared/public space (designed for high quality, healthy urban living).

a house that adapts to you and your environment

responsive and interactive house

Smart Home technology allow for sophisticated command-control and feedback loop of the systems including the automation of lighting, temperature controls, appliances, and the like.

 

Custom built media/data architectural features aesthetically codify and translate performance data as visual and sonic experiences to raise awareness of consumption, performance, and behaviour.

 

Sensor networks and Internet of Things technologies installed throughout the home for performance and durability monitoring, consumption, and automation.

an international competition

the SOLAR DECATHLON CHINA 2018

Originally launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2002, the International Solar Decathlon Competition is a green energy building competition involving participants from universities all over the world. The 2018 competition will be held in Dezhou – the sun city of China.

 

Each team has to design and build a two-story, Net Zero Energy capable, solar-powered house with a floor area of 120-200 m2 (1290-2150 ft2). Every house must be fully equipped with all necessary household appliances and provide household electric vehicle. The jury will evaluate the house’s cost feasibility, power efficiency, environment adaptability, power generation capacity, and architectural quality. Final judging is determined by a total of ten contests (5 measured, 5 juried contests).

 

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10 competition contests

  • Architecture
    Architecture
  • Architecture
    Architecture

    • Concept: A clear idea to guide the whole design process
    • Design Approach: Overall coherence among architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc.
    • Implementation: Architectural elements, natural & electric lighting, material selection, etc.
    • Innovation: Innovative approach to addressing residential architecture
    • Documentation: Effective and accurate deliverables

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  • Market Appeal
    Market Appeal
  • Market Appeal
    Market Appeal

    • Livability: A safe, functional, convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable place to live
    • CMarketability: Exterior and interior appeal, good value to the target client
    • Buildability: Documentation with sufficient quality and details for contractors
    • Affordability: Manage the cost according to the target client

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  • Engineering
    Engineering
  • Engineering
    Engineering

    • Innovation: Unique approaches to solving engineering design challenges
    • Functionality: House system (HVAC) enhancing occupant comfort and house performance
    • Efficiency: Energy efficiency, energy saving, overall system performance
    • Reliability: Maintenance and owner operation of house systems
    • Documentation: Effective and accurate deliverables

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  • Communications
    Communications
  • Communications
    Communications

    • Communications Strategy: Comprehensive, consistent, and integrated
    • E-Communications: Logical, consistent, enjoyable, successful online user experience
    • Public Exhibit Materials: Creative, original and informative materials
    • Public Exhibit Presentation: Informative, interesting, engaging, and audience-appropriate
    • Audiovisual Presentation: Interesting, informative, effective

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  • Energy Balance
    Energy Balance
  • Energy Balance
    Energy Balance

    • Energy Balance (80 points): A net electrical energy balance of at least 0 kWh
    • Generating Capacity (20 points): Calculating energy production per unit PV area (kWh/m2)

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  • Home Comfort
    Home Comfort
  • Home Comfort
    Home Comfort

    • Temperature (40 points): Keep zone temperature in 22°C to 25°C range
    • Humidity (20 points): Keep zone relative humidity below 60%
    • CO2 Level (20 points): Keep zone CO2 level below 1000ppm
    • PM2.5 Level (20 points): Keep zone PM2.5 level below 35 ug/m3

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  • Innovation
    Innovation
  • Innovation
    Innovation

    • Water Usage: Creative water conservation strategies
    • Air Quality: Creative air purification strategies for a clean and healthy indoor air quality
    • Space Heating: Creative space heating strategies
    • Others: Other innovative approaches, unique or atypical technologies, holistic active and passive solutions, etc.

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  • Commuting
    Commuting
  • Commuting
    Commuting

    • Drive 15 laps I one hour (4 times in total).
    • The less amount of electricity consumed, the more points.

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  • Home Life
    Home Life
  • Home Life
    Home Life

    • Home Electronics (10 points): Operate a TV and computing during specified hours
    • Diner Party (10 points): Host two dinner parties for up to eight guests
    • Movie Night (5 points): Host neighbors to watch a movie on the home theatre system

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  • Appliances
    Appliances
  • Appliances
    Appliances

    • Clothes washing (16 points): Wash eight loads of laundry (one load = six bath towels)
    • Clothes drying (32 points): Return eight loads of laundry to their original weight
    • Dishwasher (17 points): Wash five loads of dishes (one load = eight place settings)
    • Cooking (15 points): Perform five cooking tasks (one task = vaporize 2 kg of water in less than 2 hours)
    • Refrigerator (10 points): Keep refrigerator temperature in 1°C to 4°C range
    • Freezer (10 points): Keep freezer temperature in -30°C to -15°C range
    • Lighting (25 points): All lights on at full levels at night
    • Hot Water (50 points): Successfully conduct 16 water draws

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passive design principles:

A Fabric-first approach

The DPD incorporates an array of passive on-site resource management and monitoring systems allowing to consume much less energy to accomplish the same result as active systems. For example, the temperature throughout the house is regulated by optimized shading devices to maximize solar gains along passive cooling and heating systems.

building method:

prefabrication

A key innovation of the DPD is the utilization of off-site (factory) prefabrication methods of construction. It is designed for both modular & panelized options. Prefabrication addresses issues of affordability, reduction of waste, health and safety of workers, greater export capacity, and quality control to achieve high-performance building standards. Quebec’s prefabrication industry is one of the most robust in North America and its expansion into the high-performance building industry is a key to its development.

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