straw bale buildings
Our newest project broke ground this week! Located on top of Magnolia, this straw bale, solar powered home is modeled to meet the Passive House Standard. Dedicated to preserving the natural settings, this home will utilize a unique enviro-transpiration water treatment system instead of a traditional septic system, incorporating composting toilets and a grey water system. More project updates to come soon!
David Adamson of EcoBuild and Brian Fuentes discuss the construction of the Adamson’s straw bale zero-energy residence in Boulder, Colorado.
Building scientists and Passive House enthusiasts from around the country gathered in Denver for the 2012 National Passive House conference and capped of the week with tours of fuentesdesign homes.
View clips from the tours here:
- Marshall Plan – Rebuilding an 1890s mining cabin into a state of the art Passive House (VIDEO COMING SOON!)
- Renew – An urban retrofit renewing a 1950s track home into a cozy but modern adobe home
- Alpine Passive House – a prefabricated straw bale mountain home, pursuing Passive House certification
- Passivista – designed by fuentesdesign, built by Mainstream Corporation
The 2012 International Straw Builders’ Conference is coming to Estes Park, Colorado this September. Brian Fuentes will present on the Passive House standard and its technical requirements, providing examples of building to this standard in Colorado climate with straw bale and other natural materials. Read more about the conference and Brian’s presentation here.