14 May '11, 5am

Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy is a design for an affordable, cold-climate Passive House by Tim Eian of TE Studio , the firm behind the first Passive House in Wisconsin . Eian says Synergy is “a beacon for the 21st century renaissance of residential high-performance design. “ In other words, this is a home for everyone: it’s traditional, comfortable, light-filled, and attainable. As you probably already know, a Passive House (or Passivhaus in some circles) is a building that’s certified to aggressive levels of airtightness, annual heating and cooling efficiency, and annual primary energy efficiency. Synergy would use 90% less heating energy and and 75% less total energy than a typical home and could be built for about $250,000. Moreover, the two-level, 1,700 square-foot home would have a projected monthly energy cost of $55 in year one. The benefit to building a home like this is — once construc...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/05/synergy-affordable-gre...

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