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Judeth Van Hamm

Our Passive House stays warm with super insulation and heat recovery ventilator.

What You Need to Know


New Passive House on a bluff overlooking the ocean at the end of Bradford Avenue in Hull has 12-inch thick walls—two 4-inch stud frames with a 4-inch space between them—filled with blown-in cellulose, meticulous air sealing, and a heat recovery ventilator. The heat recovery system takes warm air from the first floor kitchen and bath and transfers 85 percent of its heat to fresh air that goes to the bedrooms. During the home’s first winter, the supplemental heat was only used three times. The supplemental heat comes from an electric coil around a ceiling fan at the top of the stairs, a gas fireplace in the living room, and a solar-hot-water baseboard in the basement game room. The solar hot water system primarily provides hot water for the bathrooms and kitchen. The house uses gas for cooking. The gas bill was $30 a month during the first year. Contact Max Horn for more info (781) 925-1247.

My Motivation:

Live sustainably, save money and save the environment.

Open House Info:

Open 10 to 1, Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 13 for NESEA Open House Tour. In Hull, follow Nantasket Ave. to Beacon Road, which goes up Allerton Hill at the end of the beach. Turn right on Bradford Avenue and go to the end of the street.

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