While this is not a "Passive House" it does employ passive heating and cooling strategies; south facing skylights provide heat in winter and operable windows with an open floor plan provide passive cooling in summer.
The house also has mechanical ventilation that utilizes a heat recovery ventilator. This guarantees continuous, filtered, fresh air.
The house is completely wrapped in reclaimed rigid foam insulation. This makes the entire structure thermal bridge free.
The heating and cooling is provided by super efficient electric heat pumps. While these are currently grid tied, the high pitched metal roof allows for solar panels at a future date. Then, the heat pumps' energy could come directly from the solar array.
Second story poptop + addition on single story brick ranch house.
Windows take advantage of passive solar heating and cooling.
Raised heal Scissor trusses create super insulted roof system.
GOLDEN ADU 2
This 500 SF Accessory Dwelling Unit in Golden, CO was designed based on views and light. The building allows a degree of privacy and is oriented to the east and west. The form was determined based on the framing of the scenic views of the surrounding landscape. While sitting in the living room, the occupant has mountain vistas in three directions.
Golden ADU 1
New attached garage and 500 square foot ADU (accessory dwelling unit). The front porch is designed to connect existing single family with new construction.
Porches and overhangs mitigate south / southwest solar exposure. The overhangs are sized so that in the winter months, the interior receives full solar gain.
Super insulation, energy star windows and radiant flooring increase comfort and reduce energy consumption.
Window on north side of kitchen to be future hallway / bedrooms
This addition was strongly informed by what was possible within an historical Denver neighborhood. The rear, 2 story contemporary addition includes one large living room, master suite, and detached carport. This addition gives the occupant a modern, contemplative retreat from the stylized historical facades of the neighboring houses.
From the street, however, the addition is entirely unnoticeable, preserving the image of this historical neighborhood to the public.
This addition was strongly informed by what was possible within an historical Denver neighborhood. The rear, 2 story contemporary addition allows one large "living room" (kitchen, dining, living). This allows a much better connection to the south facing rear garden area. It also adds 2 bedrooms above.
From the street, the addition is barely noticeable, preserving the image of this historical neighborhood to the public.
Existing single story brick home with full second story, addition and new garage. Currently under construction