East Coast Passivhaus with a Green Roof

As of today, the first house designed and built to the Passivhaus standard in Arlington is now on the market.  The million-dollar home — referred to as the Arlington Passivhaus — was built by Southern Exposure Homes, a builder run by brothers Eric and Roger Lin, with an emphasis on airtightness and energy efficiency.  But there’s also a 700-square-foot green roof, contemporary interior finishes, and landscape that reduces stormwater runoff.

Arlington Passivhaus was built with Neopor EPS SIPs, Intus triple-pane windows, and an exterior of fiber cement, precast concrete, and synthetic stucco (EIFS).

The interior is outfitted with Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, LED and CFL lighting, an energy recovery ventilator, a heat-pump water heater, mini-split HVAC system, low- and zero-VOC paints and adhesives, bamboo floors, and no-added formaldehyde cabinets, etc.

If you’re into the technical detail, Southern Exposure Homes shared an abundance of photos from construction on everything relating to air sealing, window installation, and other aspects of pursuing Passivhaus requirements.  In case you were wondering, Arlington Passivhaus tested favorably with 0.52 ACH @ 50 Pascals.

Southern Exposure Homes retained Zavos Architecture + Design for the design and Scott Brinitzer Design Associates for the landscaping.

The home has about 3,800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage.  The garage is EV ready and the roof is solar ready.

Arlington Passivhaus just hit the market under ML #AR7862601 with a current asking price of $1,249,900.  There’s an open house this Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 1-4 pm, for anyone in the Arlington/D.C. area — the green home is located at 4616 8th Street S., Arlington, Virginia, 22204.

[+] More about Arlington Passivhaus by Southern Exposure Homes.

Credits: Southern Exposure Homes.


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  • Harris @ FW

    I build custom in the WashDC area, so this project holds particular interest for me regarding the RE market reaction. While we don’t build on spec (Design/Build for hire only) please report on the outcome of this listing.

    Great Job Southern Exposure Homes!

  • Geoff Robinson

    To be honest, $320 /FT^2 IN CONSTRUCTION IS Fancy Finish construction. The look and size of this isn’t anywhere near what is expected on a home of that investment. Sorry guys, this doesn’t

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