Archive for October, 2010
The Passive House in the Woods project is published in Mary James’ latest book called “Recreating the American Home”. You can find and purchase the book here.
Richard Defendorf at greenbuildingadvisor.com put together a nice article on the Passive House in the Woods. Check it out at this link.
Today marked the last official tour of the Passive House in the Woods. The house will finally become a home this weekend, and the homeowner will now have the opportunity to experience his Passive House in the Woods for the first time. We congratulate him and wish him all the best for a sustainable and healthy future. We’ll miss the trips to Hudson!
By the way, there is one more opportunity to see the home in November. For three days, we are participating in the International Passive House Days. You can find more detail in the left hand column.
The U of M’s Bell Museum in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Building Research invited us to participate in their latest exhibit, Sustainable Shelter—Dwelling within the Forces of Nature. The exhibit will show the many ways that animals and humans create shelter, and explain how shelters relate to the environment. Doors opened this past weekend and the exhibit will be on through May 15th. The grand opening is November 11. Find the CSBR’s press release at this link.
My talented wife Amy Eian put together a beautiful slideshow based on the gorgeous photos Chad Holder took. You may find the gallery by clicking on this link or the image above.
Please join the team, Room & Board, InUnison Design and Partners 4 Design for the interiors event today from 1 – 4 pm. Take a tour, meet the designers and learn about the home’s carbon-neutral design.
Preston Koerner of Jetson Green put together a nice little article about the Passive House in the Woods. Thanks Preston.
We received the certificate from PHIUS today. The Passive House in the Woods is now officially a Quality Approved Passive House.
Here is a quick list of it’s key performance data in reference to Passive House limits:
- Heating Load: 10.6 kWh per m2 living area and year [3.36 kBTU/ft2yr]
(limit: 15 kWh or 4.75 kBTU); about 30% less than allowed
- Air Tightness: 0.25 ACH50 in reference to the building’s volume
(limit: 0.6 ACH50); almost 60% better than allowed
- Source Energy Consumption: 106 kWh per m2 living area and year [33.6 kBTU/ft2yr]
(limit: 120 kWh or 38.05 kBTU)*
- CO2 Emissions: 16.5 kg per m2 living area and year;
CO2 Emissions avoided with solar PV system: 16.9 kg per m2 living area and year.
Therefore the building becomes CO2 neutral for operation.
*) The design was made for a 2 person household, which lowers this number to 65 kWh, or 20.6 kBTU
Calculations are based on the Passive House Planning Package 2007 model.
EHS and Lutron invite you to join an open house focused on saving energy stylishly. Please find the details after the jump. Read on »
I finally took some photos that show the exterior of the home. Enjoy.