Given the opportunity, you'd probably walk past Colorado's first certified Passive House in Adams County without even noticing its super energy-efficient features. Developed by Brookfield Residential, this traditional-looking, yet stylish, single-family home is one of the few houses in the United States to pass some of the most stringent building energy standards in the world. The timber home uses 80 percent less energy than conventional structures, and its insulation is so airtight that it could theoretically be heated with nothing more than a hair dryer.
Brookfield Residential partnered with local KGA Studio Architects to design the light-filled, energy efficient home. To meet the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)’s strict standards, the architects wrapped the 3-bedroom home in a tight thermal envelope, high performing windows, and a modern HVAC with a heat recovery system. According to the Examiner, the 2,680 square foot house is projected to save its owner thousands of dollars a year in utility costs.
To go the extra mile, the builders also installed 1.2-kilowatt solar shingles. The use of solar power has helped the Brookfield Residential Passive House achieve a Home Energy Rating System score of 27. The home has also received U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home certification, ENERGY STAR Home certification, Environmental Protection Agency Indoor airPLUS certification, and WaterSense certification.
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