Category Archives: Passive House

issues associated with meeting the Passive House standard

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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An Unexpected Window Saga…..With a Happy Ending (so far!)

There’s a popular saying here in Maine…. “we’re all set” ….to signify that the current situation is perfectly fine. Window selection had so far been the most time consuming and vexing aspect of EdgewaterHaus.  That was all behind us.  We … Continue reading

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Factory Built Roof Trusses

We’re making progress! We’re completed the footers and Logix foundation.  The factory built walls panels are also finished, awaiting delivery.  Production of the Bieber windows is underway in France.  The framers are installing the wood I-beams and floor deck.  We still … Continue reading

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Factory Built Wall Panels

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Even though the concrete is still fresh in the Logix ICF block foundation, and the material for the main floor deck is yet to arrive, it’s time to think about walls. Our main floor walls are not structurally complicated.  Here’s … Continue reading

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The Foundation – and a Few Snafus

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We were very pleased to see a big semi-trailer lumber up Edgewater Lane to deliver our Logix brand Platinum Series Insulated Concrete Form blocks.  ICFs are open-ended, hollow core blocks made with styrofoam and plastic internal webbing that will be … Continue reading

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Passive House Certification: Looking under the PHPP hood

As a follow-up to my last blog on attaining Passive House Design Stage Assurance, here are a few of my observations on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) results that the Passive House Academy (PHA) attained for EdgewaterHaus.  PHPP is the software design tool … 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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(Finally) The Big Dig

Great news.  We’ve begun site preparation and excavation! Shawn Woods of Woods Home & Land is on site with a his tools of the trade: a CAT 3115 excavator, a John Deere tracked skidder, a dump truck, and his assistant Isaac. … Continue reading

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Value Engineering the Passive House Design Stage Assurance

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After kicking the tires on the Passive House Planning Package results obtained by the Passive House Academy (PHA) on EdgewaterHaus, we have decided to make one design change that, if acceptable to PHA, will save us money and still allow us … 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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