MODULE Black Street Development
Redesigning Homeownership for the 21st Century
Module Homes being outfitted with Unico Twist-Fit System™
MODULE Black Street Development
Module’s Black Street Development is about bringing well-designed, contemporary homes to the urban core of Pittsburgh, and activating vacant parcels where homes have been absent for decades. The development features three residential homes (totaling four units), all which are designed to meet the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Standards. For MODULE, meeting the standard isn’t above and beyond, as they believe in providing thoughtfully designed spaces that are healthy for the people and planet. A quality home not only inspires the people who live there, but surrounding community as well.
Cobalt Creed was asked to partner with Module to install the Unico Small Duct High Velocity Twist-Fit System™. The system was installed on-site, in the SMI factory as the homes were being built. The main system components were installed in a closet and the Small Duct system fit in-between the first and second floors, in literally “4 1/2” of space.
What is a MODULE home?
On Black Street
Just on Black Street alone, there are 3 public outdoor spaces — all created by different neighborhood groups and individuals for the neighborhood. The first, East Field community garden, which is on the 5500 block of Black Street has 45 raised beds — available for anyone to use who lives within walking distance of the community garden.
The second space is the Garfield Sensory Garden — a vacant parcel that is owned by Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, and has been activated by Black Street resident and homeowner. She took this project on in 2018 and, with grant funding and student volunteer groups, turned it into a sensory garden complete with murals from local artists, a fire-pit and plenty of seating. On a sunny day you’ll find students from the Environmental Charter School taking their recess or volunteers dropping by to care for the space.
As if this wasn’t enough, the third space is part dog park and part grassy retreat with shade, complete with small slides and features for kids. This street is full of surprises that show the attention and care that the neighborhood has. We think you’ll appreciate the thoughtful amenities that the neighborhood has created.
Zero Energy Ready
All of the homes are designed to the meet the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready standards. This means that the homes feature the following features
A high-performance thermal enclosure
This is the entire exterior of your home — roof, foundation, doors, windows, everything. Together, they seal off the inside of your home from the outside world. In a Zero Energy Ready Home, the enclosure features high-performance windows, insulation, and comprehensive draft protection to lower your energy bills and block out dust, noise and moisture.
Whole house water protection
Water damage is a huge concern in any home, but in a Zero Energy Ready Home, you’ll find dry-by-design construction with a comprehensive water barrier system and carefully selected materials inside to control moisture.
A high-performance comfort system
Zero Energy Ready Homes feature expert installation of high-efficiency temperature control systems, as well as heating and cooling ducts inside the thermal enclosure instead of inconvenient attics or basements.
The components inside of Zero Energy Ready Homes, including the lighting, appliances, exhaust fans and water heating system, all feature advanced technology designed especially to use less energy and work more efficiently than traditional versions.
Whole house health protection
While many homeowners consider the look and location of a home, they don’t often consider how the home affects their health. Zero Energy Ready Homes are the healthiest homes for their inhabitants because they contain indoor air quality systems that filter contaminants from the air that cause respiratory problems, including pollen, chemicals and dust.
Zero Energy Ready Homes are all built so that a solar electric system can be easily added whenever it’s convenient for you. This includes the required wiring, the ability to withstand the structural load and the electrical panel circuit breakers for a solar electric system.