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With annual energy demand reduced 75-90% through building envelope design alone, coupled with all-electric appliances and equipment, our homes will be 100% solar-powered from either on-site or grid energy. We offer facade, roof, and ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, as well as back-up battery storage, to help bring your home to net-zero in whichever way you see fit.
A code-compliant house is allowed to lose 3 times its air volume every hour through leaks in the walls and roof; our homes meet or exceed the Passive House maximum of .6 times per hour – that’s about a 400% improvement. The continuous air barrier wrapping each home ensures that loss of expensive heated and conditioned air through the building shell is at an absolute minimum.
Energy Recovery Ventilation
The energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is your home’s source of constant, filtered, fresh air. With an ERV, one-third of the house’s air is replaced every hour, its temperature and humidity transferred to the incoming fresh air with 86% efficiency. This transfer not only improves indoor air quality, but minimizes energy loss by passing the energy from already conditioned indoor air to incoming fresh air before it is exhausted. Say goodbye to allergens, pollutants, and stale air, and hello to lower energy bills.
Continuous Ventilation and Thermal Bridge Free
Thermal bridges occur when insulation at the building envelope is interrupted, allowing heat to do what it does best in typical construction: move freely in and out of the building. Luckily, nothing about this house is typical. We’ve designed thermal bridges out, enabling our homes to operate at peak efficiency.
OPTIMIZED SOLAR ORIENTATION & PASSIVE SHADING
By orienting the house properly and incorporating passive shading mechanisms, like overhangs, louvers and foliage cover, we are able to optimize solar gain when we need it most (winter) and minimize it when we don’t (summer).
HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS
Glazing is the biggest cause of heat loss in a building , which is why we’ve chosen to use some of the highest quality windows on the market. A typical window has an insulation value of just R-1, where ours rate R-7—triple-glazed, airtight, and Passive House-ready.
Having an airtight envelope and high-tech ventilation system doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of an open window. Our ERV serves to provide a balanced, comfortable, and healthy indoor air environment whether the windows are open or closed--so you can feel free to enjoy that pristine Catskills air whenever you please.