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,
and in the Stowe Guide & Magazine, Summer/Fall 2019.