Gallery: First Certified Passive House Ever in the Western US!


(photo credit: Amanda Nelson Photography)

The first certified Passive House in Salt Lake City also happens to be the first certified Passive House in the Western US. The Breezeway House, designed by Brach Design Architecture and Illinois-based Passive House Institute was recently completed in December of 2009, and is now only 1 of 10 houses in the US to be certified under this super efficient green building certification program!

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  1. hunboon May 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by insulation, after visiting Scandinavia where the extreme cold weather has made insulation a necessity.

    I saw an old episode of BBC’s Grand Designs recently, featuring a house with straw bale walls. The material is supposed to have excellent insulation properties and will make the house almost passive.

    Hun Boon

  2. CLAM May 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! Very cool!

    And if you want to see the 1st new certified Passive House in California as it is built, go to

    Rae Levine for CLAM, (Community Land Trust Association of West Marin)

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