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Parade Street Commons East

Introducing Parade Street Commons East, a remarkable project that has recently reached completion. This development comprises 40 modern two and three bedroom units, along with eight specially designed homes to ensure handicapped livability. The rental rates for these units range from $230 to $850 per month.

One of the standout features of Parade Street Commons East is its implementation of passive housing, the most energy-efficient construction methodology known today. This approach brings numerous benefits to its residents, primarily through significantly lower utility costs. While it may be an exaggeration to say you could cool it with an ice cube in the summer or keep it warm with a candlestick in the winter, the energy efficiency achieved is truly exceptional.

Donald Crenshaw, the esteemed Project Developer, emphasizes the significance of this energy-efficient design. With passive housing, residents can enjoy a comfortable living environment while minimizing their ecological footprint. The exceptional insulation and airtight construction of these units ensure optimal temperature control and energy conservation.

Parade Street Commons East stands as a testament to the Build SMART’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient housing solutions.  Delve deeper into this extraordinary project and explore how it has redefined the standards of modern living.

“It’s (called) passive housing, Passive housing means the most energy-efficient methodology of construction known to man now. They will benefit from that by lower utility costs. The industry says that at the end of the day you can cool it in the middle of summer with an ice cube and keep it warm in the middle of winter with a candlestick. That’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it’s super energy efficient.”

-Donald Crenshaw, Project Developer




Erie, PA

Project Type



40 units, 56,132 square feet

Building Envelope

E-Wall: R-31, 2×6 3 1/2” Exterior Insulation

Air Changes Per Hour

0.05 cfm50/ft2

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