Falmouth Passive House
Overlooking a beautiful, secluded inlet in Falmouth, MA, there is a Certified Passive House.
This building was designed and constructed to meet 'the most rigorous building energy standard in the world.'
Passive House is unique not only in the energy use requirements, but for interior surface temperatures - requirements that help ensure the most comfortable living experience available.
A sophisticated energy recovery ventilation system assures a clean, continuous supply of fresh air under all conditions, far surpassing the indoor air quality of conventional construction.
Steve Baczek, of Reading, MA, was the architect on this project and provided on-site construction management of critical air sealing, and insulation details during construction. Steve answers questions about Passive House in this Fine Homebuilding video. The prime contractor was The Valle Group, of East Falmouth, MA, under the leadership of Christian Valle. Mike Duclos, of the DEAP Energy Group, LLC was the Certified Passive House Consultant. On July 13th, 2011, following a rigorous process of design review and building performance measurement verification, the Falmouth Passive House was certified by PHIUS, the Passive House Institute in the US as the second Passive House in Massachusetts. An article published in The Falmouth Enterprise is available here. An article published in the Cape Cod Times is available here. The Falmouth Passive House Certificates are available here. A poster which was presented at the 2010 North American Passive House Conference in Portland, Oregon and in Pittsburg in 2013 is available here. Here is a month of January 2012 temperature data from the Falmouth Passive House with the heating system inactive. This illustrates the 'passive survivability' capabilty of a very high perfromance building enclosure complimented by carefully chosen and managed high SHGC glazing.
The list of PHIUS Certified PH in the United States is available here.
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