About this Project
Passive Home Design Principles:
The entire exterior envelope of the house was covered with two coats of a liquid applied, air and moisture barrier. This barrier helps to protect the wood structure, creates better protection at exterior penetrations, and seals all of the gaps in the framing from air and moisture intrusion. We have found this application to have superior durability and performance versus other applications where gaps are sealed with a peel and stick product that depends on adhesion with glues over time. The subfloor was also sealed at all joints prior to pouring the interior finished concrete floors.
Windows and Doors:
Local artisan Joel Schiavone created a beautiful custom entry door that also performs with double insulated weather-stripping and precise European hardware. Triple pane uber efficient windows that are Passive Haus (European standard) and PHIUS(Passive House Institute of the US) certified were used throughout. Care was taken to place operable windows properly to allow for the fresh Colorado air to flow naturally throughout the home. Glazing on the south aspect of the home outweighs the rest of the home to maximize passive solar gains in the winter. Proper shading and orientation avoids any overheating issues in the summer months.