Passive House on a Hill
Simplicity and energy efficiency were this family’s primary objectives when they built their Stowe home. They wanted a modern design that was small enough to feel cozy, yet large enough to accommodate guests, and that was ecologically friendly and sustainable. We suggested a solar-powered geothermal heating and cooling system that uses only renewable resources, and we also implemented a combination of energy efficiency building products and practices.
The house is entirely electrically driven, with LED lighting throughout. Radiant heat is powered by a closed loop geothermal system supplemented with a modern Hearthstone soapstone wood stove. Their 4.9 kW solar array provides about 70 percent of all the electricity the home uses. The result is a house that achieved air exchange levels really close to the rigorous Passive House Institute U.S. best practice standards.
Read about this home in our blog, Two Energy Efficient Vermont Homes.