Prescott Passive House is the sixth residence built by Studio 804 in Kansas City, KS and posed unique challenges. In light of the country’s current economic situation, affordability has become a pressing issue in American housing, and thus is addressed seriously by the students of Studio 804. In the archetypal pursuit of sustainability, focus is on high-efficiency mechanical systems, creating a cost-prohibiting factor; this challenge was met by the students of Studio 804 by, instead, focusing on passive design strategies. Affordability was addressed in a very direct way by targeting an eventual homeowner earning 80% or lower of the area median income (AMI). By working with Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) and the Prescott Neighborhood Group (PNG), students were able to interact directly with the community in which they worked.
In addition to LEED Platinum Certification, Studio 804 achieved Passive House Certification: a system that began in Germany and seeks to reduce building energy consumption for heating and cooling by 90%. The heating load is drastically reduced by means of a super-insulated, virtually airtight building shell, broad Southern exposure and an energy recovery ventilator that provides constant fresh air and even distribution of heat.