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Update: Read our owner interview with more background on this project.

This beautiful home will be the first certified Passive House in Utah.  Passive House consultant Dave Brach, principal of Brach Design Architecture, anticipates receiving a certificate in the next week or so.  He designed the Breezeway House to consume only 10% of the energy of an existing single family home of the same size and location and 20% of the energy of a new home built to code.  What’s more, solar electric and hot water panels should produce about 75% of the home’s annual energy needs.

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Brach had such a good time designing this house and working with the Passive House standard that he fully expects to do nothing but Passive House design going forward.  He told Jetson Green in an email, “It’s not easy, but it’s the smartest way to design a building.

Smart design in this case had a tight budget, too.  In terms of construction costs, the premium to upgrade from a standard code house to Passive House was about $10 per square foot.

The Breezeway House was built by Fisher Custom Building for a couple who set up a website, Our Passive House, to document the process.  You can read more about the construction specifications here and how the home was built to pursue such aggressive efficiency goals.

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Photo credits: Wold Creative.