This is R-House, a recently built prototype home in Syracuse that is pursuing both Passive House and LEED certification. It was recently honored with a 2011 AIA Housing Award, and one of the jurors said the 1,100 square-foot home presents “A new slant on sustainability!“ R-House was designed in partnership by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office and is an interesting case study for the next generation of smaller, greener, ultra-low energy homes.
Perhaps you’ve seen renderings of the Hudson Passive Project among trees in the middle of a scenic green field. The project was designed by New York-based Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC, and it just so happens that construction is all complete. Certification paperwork is all in order, and this is officially the first certified Passive House in the state of New York. It’s also one of the highest performing homes in the country.
Passive House is an increasingly popular low-energy standard. Passive Houses must be airtight (0.60 ACH at 50 Pascals) and low energy (4.75 kBTU/ft2/year max heating and cooling demand and 38 kBTU/ft2/year maximum primary demand) — requirements that slash energy demand by about 90%. Due to increasing popularity of Passive House, media mentions like this mini-series in The Tyee — are becoming more common.
Folks in Cleveland aren’t going to watch the economy leave with Mr. James. They’re working on a future-forward demonstration built to what’s heralded as the world’s most rigorous energy standard for homes. The Passive House, referred to as SmartHome Cleveland, was designed by Chuck Miller of Doty & Miller Architects and will be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Rebecca Guymon and Joe Turner are the owners of Breezeway House – the first certified Passive House in Utah and in the western United States. They’re unique because only a handful of these ultra-insulated, airtight, low-energy homes exist in the United States. So I asked Turner to share his experience building and living in a Passive House and he was kind enough to respond. This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in owning a Passive House.