Today we received our official Passive House certification.
While the green building community has lavished a lot of attention on Passive House in the past couple years, there are so few actual projects in the US we felt it was important to invest a bit more in the certification process.
Eventually US building codes (and other green certification schemes) will get serious about controlling energy consumption through improved enclosures, but until that time we need more clients, architects, and builders to voluntarily aim for higher standards.
We’ve been living in the house since the end of December, bringing nearly three years of planning and construction to a satisfying conclusion. We’re happy to report that all the benefits of Passive House construction are for real – the indoor comfort is truly remarkable, even with this winter’s frigid temperatures.
Any high-performance home project, Passive House or otherwise, requires a coordinated team effort to bring the building’s design to life and satisfy the performance criteria. It’s all about attention to detail. We couldn’t be more pleased with the collaboration between our architects at GO Logic, way up in Belfast, Maine, and our meticulous team of carpenters from Cooper Lane Builders in Stafford Springs. We’re proud to share their great work!
Snowy afternoon, best viewed at large size.
The approaching cold weather has made working inside a warm house a very compelling option for our carpenters. While there is still plenty to do outside, notably finishing the siding for the house, the interior is the big focus for us right now.
Primer in the kitchen
Primer in the entry hall
Primer in the living area
Interior door in mudroom
Upstairs hall flooring, douglas fir
Master bedroom flooring
Girls’ room, looking west
Girls’ room, looking south
Ikea cabinets ready to assemble
Tim making the base for the cabinets
Cabinets beginning to be placed
Entry hall, trim on office door
View across the field to the south elevation.
With the addition of the roof trusses during last week’s heat wave, the full volume of the house is now apparent. Our team of carpenters is turning their attention to air sealing details and window installation.
Our windows, prepped for shipment from Germany. The next time this container is opened will be at our house.
The garage slab is complete and the lumberyard delivered the first batch of materials to begin framing the garage walls. Sub-slab electrical conduits and plumbing drains are in place, awaiting inspection.
Power troweling the garage slab.
Reviewing the sub-slab plumbing and electrical services.
Garage slab complete, house slab still to come.
Samples of metal roofing.
The first wall section for the garage being assembled.
We’ve had great weather for working outside. The structural fill required to support the house’s frost-protected shallow foundation is finally in, compacted, and tested. Next week we’ll be ready to install the under-slab plumbing and electrical services.
Superb weather over the weekend has helped dry the native soil. This week will be all about building up the base for the foundation.
Getting ready to stake the foundation.