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Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City
The home’s layout is designed to suit the family’s needs while fitting into the context of the neighborhood. The south side of the house is a low volume clad in stained Accoya Wood – pine that has been specially treated to make it strong against rot. Facing the street is a large front porch like many of its neighbors, albeit a modern concrete one. The living room is prominent and clad in brick like its Victorian neighbor to the north and is reminiscent of traditional parlor rooms. In the center is a stucco volume that contains the private bedrooms and circulation.
Materials were chosen for their energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance. The home features an ICF foundation, dense pack fiberglass insulation with exterior EPS foam, air to air heat pumps and a heat recovery ventilator. Because the home’s envelope is so tight, the project saved a considerable amount on the HVAC equipment, which only cost $5,000. Officially, the Ruby House will be the first certified Passive House in Salt Lake City.
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