This project sought to create a series of three two-unit Zero Energy Ready row houses in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Located on a street that experiences heavy car and bus traffic, one of the initial design moves that we made was to set the massing back from this street. This created a buffer zone where a courtyard could be located for occupants to gather. A green wall screen was also added on the edge of the plot to maintain some greenery on the site, while adding another semi-transparent layer between the street and the houses. We created slots between the buildings to allow for light to enter the courtyard, and to create a greenhouse for the residents. We also designed custom furniture to match the theme of the house.