The Breezeway House, located in Millcreek Township (near Salt Lake City), has been certified by the Passive House Institute of the United States as a Certified Passive House. It is the first building in the western U.S. to earn the designation.
Certified Passive House is constructed using some of the world's strictest
energy efficiency standards and a very rigorous design methodology which
includes windows without thermal bridges, passive solar heat, air-tight
construction, energy-recovery mechanical ventilation, and proper solar shading
to prevent over-heating.
to start relying on smart design and low-energy passive solutions,” said
architect Dave Brach. His firm Brach Design Architecture designed the house,
which was constructed last May and completed in December.
Breezeway House is a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath home with about 2,800 finished sq.
ft. of living space and a stone patio with a built-in steel and canvas shading
frame for outdoor dining. The home also features a 2.2 kilowatt solar array and
hot water solar panels.
SLC ‘Passive' House is first in western U.S.
May 25, 2010