Category Archives: Passive Solar Orientation

Rethinking the Master Suite Floor Plan

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Last winter we sought to simplify construction as a means of reducing costs.  At that time, the study was a slab-on grade attachment to the MBR.  It had a unique foundation, roof shape and ceiling.  We moved the study into … Continue reading

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Footers + Perimeter Vents & Drains

With excavation of the basement completed, it’s time to begin the vertical construction.  A caveat: very little of today’s blog  relates to building a very tight house, but instead should be common building practice for any home construction.  The uber-energy … Continue reading

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Achieving Passive House Design Stage Assurance

Great News! Passive House Academy has told us that EdgewaterHaus has achieved “Design Stage Assurance.”  That means PHA entered our design specifications into the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy model and found that we meet the Passive House criteria … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Part IV: Still a Very Long Journey Ahead

We have received a revised appraisal on Edgewaterhaus.  This third trip to the appraisal well is decidedly a mixed bag.  As the title of this blog suggests, those who want to build green via a bank loan have an uphill … Continue reading

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Backup Electrical Power for a Passive House?

Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home?  If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it … Continue reading

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Can We Get More, Pay Less, To Keep About The Same?

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Let me explain this rather cryptic proposition. Is it possible to tweak the design of EdgewaterHaus to simultaneously (Get More) energy performance from the building, (Pay Less) to build it, and still (Keep about the same) square footage and floor plan? We liked … Continue reading

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Looking Through Windows – part VIII – We’re there, but just barely

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Strike up the band – we have – finally – achieved the Passive House standard with the Unilux windows! Marc Rosenbaum, our energy consultant, ran the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software and arrived a a heat load … Continue reading

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A visit to G-OLogic Passive House in Belfast Maine

We decided to embrace the German Passive House building standard after reading an article on the topic about two years ago.  I liked its singular, analytic focus on energy.  All subsequent research led me to conclude that we should design … Continue reading

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Looking through windows – Part III: Looking for other options

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First there were 15 window manufacturers we considered for our Passive House.  Then there were two – Schuco, which on paper was the best European style window, and Pella, the best north American style window. Our architect Chris has further … Continue reading

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Looking through windows Part I: Windows in General

In this first of several blogs on windows, I will talk about general window performance, and the variety of window manufacturers we considered for our new home. Windows are a significant factor in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) computer … Continue reading

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