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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A Foundation Rises from the Ground

We’ve been at this foundation business for about 3 weeks now.  It seems longer! After we worked through several snafus detailed in my previous blog, the crew resumed stacking the block.  Other chores included: Erecting ICF bracing on the interior … Continue reading

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Installing a Thermal Break Between Footer and Foundation

Stopping thermal energy transfers – heat or cold moving through building materials that connect the air inside a conditioned space to the outside – is a key Passive House tenant. But we live in an imperfect world.  How much of a thermal … 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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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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