Category Archives: Daylighting

Bringing in natural light into interior spaces, avoiding the need to use electric lights

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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Let there be light – Part I

Humans are emotionally and behaviorally attracted to light.  Think about it.  We work and play in the splendor of the daylight; we sleep in the darkness of the night. Our current house in northern Virginia is nestled amid towering trees.  … Continue reading

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Project Pricing Set

So far, we have been guesstimating how much this project will cost.  Yes, we could use estimates based on cost per square foot, but there are are several design factors that influence that equation.  For example: 13+” thick, R-50+ double … Continue reading

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We’re Back!

With apologies to those who have been checking back to this blog and not finding anything new since our last post on April 8…….we took a wonderful extended trip to Europe. On this, our second trip there, I remain in … Continue reading

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Kicking the Tires on our project

This just in:  there is small but broad-based cadre of building professionals in southern Maine who are very interested in pursuing green building initiatives.  Each month, Maine Green Building Supply brings together interested architects, engineers, builders, energy auditors, insulators, solar installers, and other … Continue reading

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Lower Level Floorplan

What’s the difference between a cellar, a basement, and the lower level in a house?  Is it in the eye of where the beholder stands on the stairs? Here is the floor plan for the lower level of the home … Continue reading

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Main Floor Plan

Here is the floor plan for our new home. Edgewater main floor If I force my mind to clear any preconceived notions, then try to look at the floor plan from the perspective of a fresh pair of eyes, my … Continue reading

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