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Passive Home That Can be Assembled as Easily as Legos

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Multipod Studio, a French architectural firm, recently made the first prototype of a sustainable, lightweight, and recyclable modular passive home. Once they are finished testing it, they will begin selling these affordable and very efficient homes. This home is called Pop-Up House, which is a pretty apt name, since it can be assembled in just four days using only an electric screwdriver.

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The Pop-Up House measures 1,614 square feet (150 square meters), and features an open plan kitchen, dining and living room area. The home also features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as an office and a terrace. That’s quite an impressive area for a home that can be built in just four days.

The home features a spruce wood frame, which is easy to construct. It is insulated using expanded polystyrene insulation blocks, while the home also features laminate veneer wooden floor. All of this is held together with wood screws. According to Multipod Studio no prior construction experience is needed to assemble the Pop-Up House, and they even go so far as to compare the assembly process to building with Legos.

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The Pop-Up House has an airtight thermal envelope, which together with great insulation, means that no heating is necessary so long as the home is located in a temperate hot climate. The home also meets the strict Passivhaus energy standard, so the home should be efficient to heat even in colder regions.

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Multipod Studio is currently still testing the prototype, and there is no word yet when these units will become available for purchase. They estimate that a Pop-Up House will cost about $41,000 (€30,000). This price includes assembly, but not the plumbing and electrical wiring. Even without all that, though, the home is still very affordable, especially given that it is a passive house.

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A Contemporary Passive House Built in the Northwest

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The Artisans Group, an architecture firm based in Washington State recently designed a passive family home in the Northwest region of the country. To build this passive house, the architects used a number of systems, as opposed to technologies, which resulted in an energy efficient, sustainable and energy star rated home.
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Colorado’s First Passive House

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Brookfield Residential’s Midtown Residence Eight in Denver, is the first Colorado home to receive the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) certification. It is also the first house made by a US production builder to receive this certification. The home was designed by KGA Studio Architects.
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One of Chicago’s First Passive Houses

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Builder Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC completed the first ever passive house in the Chicago area, which was designed by architect Tom Bassett-Dilley. Located at 1430 Jackson River Forest, IL, this 3,598 square foot single family residence has a HERS rating of 28 and has received the Passive house certification (PHIUS), while it is also a DOE Challenge Home and Healthy Home Initiative Certified. This home is the first PHIUS certified house in the Chicago area and only the 28th such home in the US.

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Net Zero Delta T90 House Maintains Comfortable Interior Temperatures During Subzero Vermont Winters

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Recognizing a housing crisis in New England, where many renters and homeowners pay over a third of their income on housing, much of which includes homes that were built before 1950 and are extremely inefficient, the ∆T90 team at Norwich University in Vermont designed a high performance, affordable solution that has been accepted in the Solar Decathlon 2013 that takes place in October 2013 in Irvine, California.

Addressing concerns that include inefficient heating systems, insufficient insulation, and leaky construction of door and window assemblies that contribute to fuel costs that are sometimes equivalent to mortgage payments, the ∆T90 team took “an unapologetic design position” to deliver a modular home that is tailored to the northeastern region of the United States.

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Philadelphia’s First Passive House Multi-Family Complex Ready for Occupancy

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After years in limbo, Philadelphia’s first multi-family Passive House housing project is finished and on the market. Located at 219-235 W. George St., the homes were developed by the Onion Flats group in association with Domani Developers. The housing complex is known as the Onion Flats Stable. Of the projected 70 units, the team later downsized the project to only 27 units due to financial difficulties.

The units have a net living area of 2500 square feet, which includes 3 bedrooms and office space, and 3 bathrooms. About one third of the units in this development are set to be Affordable Housing units. This housing project was designed to obtain the LEED Platinum status, making it the first multi apartment complex in the US to receive this certification.

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