Category Archives: Passive House Certification

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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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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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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Permission to build, Granted!

The weather here in Maine has been exceptionally cooperative for an early start to the outdoor construction season.  We had a very mild winter with little accumulated snow on the ground; that snow melted away long before the calendar showed … Continue reading

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Changing Horses Before We Wade into the Stream

To plagiarize a slogan from the Occupy Wall Street movement, we are, I suspect, part of the 99 percent of the population for which building a custom home is the single most expensive undertaking in their life.  So choosing a … 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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Passive House Certification of Edgewaterhaus: PHI or PHIUS+?

We’re ready to submit Edgewaterhaus for Passive House Certification. Which begs the question: should we even bother with certification, particularly after the fracturing of the Passive House movement last August?  That’s when the Passive House Institute (PHI), the international organization … Continue reading

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