Encounter With Passive House

Two weeks ago I went out to see the first passive house in the bay area.  It’s not a 3500 square foot custom home with an amazing view of San Francisco.  It is a great affordable housing home in Point Reyes.  Blue 2 as it’s known, is a 750 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath home built with the community in mind.

I really like the fact that it’s truly affordable housing in that the cost to rent will be low but more importantly the cost of living in it will be really low due to the Passive House qualities of the home. For example, a heat recovery ventilation system keeps constant fresh air and regulates the temperature – the house will stay within 2 degrees of the interior temp the occupant selects at all times.  Solar water heating eliminates up to 80% of the electricity needed to get hot water.  No gas is needed for the stove, it is an induction stove.  Keeping utility costs low and constant lets the future owner live comfortable and on a budget.  Truly affordable housing.

Great design thanks to James Bill and great construction by Terry Nordbye.  If you get a chance to check it out before it’s occupied it really is incredible.

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