Partially-complete two-storey post and beam addition to passive solar house.
- Rogers George
- Single-Family Residence
- 1314 Whittaker Rd, Newark, DE 19703
- Energy need met:
- 50% to 74% of space heating
- Passive house
- Event Participation:
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2012 Host
- NESEA Green Buildings Open House 2013 Host
- Energy Efficiency
- January 2012
- Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Brobst Home Improvement.
- Hugh Lofting Timber Framing
- Energy Auditors:
Timber frame saltbox addition on north side of passive solar house that was built with SIPs. Has staggered 2×4 studs on 2×6 plates for continuous foam insulation, supplemental radiant heat built into floor, argon-filled windows.
Open floor plan
About the only maintenance the addition will need is normal cleanup for a house with three teenagers and two dogs. Central vac and open floor plan make cleaning the floor pretty easy.
Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:
Tankless water heater, centrally-located wood stove (we gather and split the wood ourselves), the entire building is very tight and well insulated.
I've been a believer in protecting the environment since they called it conservation. It's the lifestyle I want to have. I also really like the zero heating bill in the winter.
I think the most important retrofit you can do is apply caulk to leaks.
Experience with Installer:
Get references from past customers for your contractor. Long story, which we can share with visitors.
See two recent blog posts about the project at http://mushroomstomotorcycles.com
Open House Info:
Easily find the house on Google Maps. If you can't come during the tour, call to arrange a visit.
Residential|High Efficiency Hot Water
Single-Family Residence|Solar PV