27 Sep '15, 7pm

How to design a passive House off-grid, and without foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where I have lived for 20 years. I replaced a small shop and reused the packed earth and tire foundation, carefully deconstructing the rest of the building to reuse the material. The nuances of Passive House’s energy model would require a significant amount of insulation due to the small and elongated shape of the house and location. It is formed as a wedge, mimicking the beautiful local hogback hills which are dynamic sloping formations that run along much of the Front Range, and to better position the south side to maximize solar exposure. Another strong influence is that of small homes in Japan , whose inventive spaces create harmony and unexpected experiences. Other importa...

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