Passive House under construction in Boulder, Colorado
A rebuild of a home lost in the four mile canyon fire, this home utilizes the existing foundation to minimize site disturbance. Designed to meet the Passive House standard, super-insulated walls and triple pane windows create a warm and cozy, but light mountain feel. Wood burning fire places provide supplemental heat with on-site carbon and fresh air is continuously supplied by an ERV. A 10kW photovoltaic system will provide all power for the home, with enough capacity for future electric car charging.
“As a senior HERS Rater working Colorado’s Front Range, I have been involved with inspecting and testing hundreds of “high performance” residential dwellings… from my perspective, the [Sunshine Project] is categorically different than other buildings I have worked on. It has far exceeded my expectations of both design and execution in buildings. I would describe the [Sunshine Project] as a deliberate synthesis of master craftsmanship and scientific design process, bound by the builder and architect’s desire to do right by the project and the homeowner. With so many of today’s builders guided solely by principles of maximizing profit, with only the most superficial nod to quality, so much of the built environment ends up being forgettable and even disposable: the [Sunshine Project] is evidence that some people still resist this cheap way of thinking about our built environment.” – Ken Sneed, Senior HERS Rater/RESNet QA Manager