20 Aug '11, 4pm

high performance #ecoHome

high performance #ecoHome

With a super-tight envelope that earned it a rare Passive House designation—the 12th in the U.S.—this compact SIPs home is expected to save up to $170,000 in energy costs over 30 years, almost what it cost to build. As with all dwellings built to the rigorous German-born standard, the GO Home’s ultra-insulated shell and passive solar design lowered space heating demands by 86% compared to code-compliant construction, allowing for a drastically simplified mechanical system. The home’s remaining heat and hot water needs are accommodated by a 2.8-kW solar electric system and a separate evacuated-tube solar thermal unit, resulting in a near-zero-energy building that is also affordable for mainstream buyers.

Full article: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/high-performance-building/...

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