Precast concrete can be an energy efficient, prefabricated housing alternative designed for vacant infill sites in urban neighborhoods. The design for this specific house provides a bridge across the perceived schism between green design and economic viability. The architect initially considered constructing the house of cast-in-place concrete but found it to be cost prohibitive as well as problematic in terms of satisfying insulation needs in this particular climate.
The architect realized that precast concrete insulated panels would be a better solution and worked closely with the precaster to develop details to accomplish the fairly complicated geometry of the house. The ultimate goal is to have the precaster be an integral part of making customizable homes that address individual preferences and site-specific requirements.