Gallery: PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, N...

They are tuned to the building so they do not block the solar radiation to the south but keep the heat in by reducing thermal bridging with a U-value of 0.19 (nearly twice the efficiency of typical new windows).

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings — summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and while this condition isn’t necessary for Passivhaus to be successful, the Balance House is able to take advantage of the great solar exposure, soaking the sun’s heat during the day and keeping it in at night and during inclement weather. The building is carefully shaded in the summer and does not require air conditioning.


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  1. Eric October 15, 2011 at 3:47 am

    When it comes to energy efficiency and passive heating, the advantage of being located in the sunniest state in the US is undeniable. I love the style of the home, but I’m surprised it looks so modern. I thought homes in Santa Fe all adhered to a more traditional look.

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