High-performance is inherently linked to higher first-day cost. Most assume that it only exists at the top of the market. Affordability is often confused with cheap upfront cost. The two present a seemingly irreconcilable conundrum.
TE Studio’s approach defines affordability as something that is financially sustainable over a given period of time. Within this paradigm, first-day costs become a line item on a laundry list of lifecycle cost an owner is typically faced with. The Synergy case study aims to clarify the difference between first-day cost and total cost of ownership, thus redefining affordability and the impact of high-performance design on sustainable and financially viable structures in cold climates (Climate Zone 6).
Synergy is a highly energy efficient, durable and flexible compact home designed as a conversation starter which aims to make high performance accessible to a broad section of owners and developers. Entirely designed without client input and in our free time, Synergy is TE Studio’s testbed for affordability as well as high-performance assemblies and systems. Synergy has not been built but is currently being considered by different entities for projects in 2012.
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