This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club). The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc. It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.
Owners Stuart Rue and Sarah Evans documented some interesting construction detail on their blog, 16th and Nebraska. They even found an airtight dog door for Pippen, a spry looking pooch that regularly appears in photos of the build.
Cutting-edge green technology used to build this home include triple-pane windows from Serious Materials, an ERV, solar hot water system, 85% recycled content GreenFiber insulation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, Marmoleum floors, wool carpet, ductless mini-split air conditioners from Fujitsu, and a drain water heat recovery system.
Credits: Stuart Rue/Sarah Evans.