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Straw bale Passive House under construction in Boulder, Colorado:

The reconstruction of a 120 year old mining town home blends history with the future, old stone with new silicon in its quest for Passive House certification.

Rather than the finishing touch, solar panels were installed first on this project in order to power the construction of the house with the sun. The 4.8 kW system is expected to create a surplus of energy when paired with German imported solar thermal for heating (radiant flooring) and domestic hot water. Fresh air supplied continuously through an ERV. Triple pane Zola European windows strategically capture views in every direction. Synthesizing straw bale/earthen plaster wall systems with reclaimed siding, reused concrete and hand quarried local stone from the original house create a fresh feel and a timeless look.

 Photography by: Casie Zalud, Dane Cronin (and owners)