High performance home designed for ductless mini splits
Because the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will be built to Passive Housestandards, the heating and cooling demand will be minimal.
That means the homeowner and architect Ben Jacks should enjoy low utility bills over the life of the home. He plans on using ductless mini split heat pumps for the heating and cooling of the home. Popular in Europe and Asia, this form of heating and cooling is gaining ground in the U.S. market, particularly in high performance homes that don't require large furnaces and air conditioners.
Also, mini split heat pumps are some of the most energy efficient options available today.
At the 2015 AHR Expo, Steve Cormier, regional sales director with Panasonic Eco Solutions, discussed some of the advantages of ductless mini split heat pumps for the North American market.
The home on the east side of Cincinnati was designed by its owner, Ben Jacks, an architect and an associate professor at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, to be a near net-zero energy home and achieve LEED for Homes Platinum and Passive House certification.
Jacks, a licensed architect, holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and holds additional degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Southern Maine. He has worked on more than 35 commercial, residential, public sector and historic preservation projects.
Green Building Consulting, a Cincinnati-based green building consulting and rating firm, will conduct the testing and certification for the various programs.
The house is an aspiring LEED Platinum Passive House, consisting of 4,992 gross square feet on four floors. The home is being built in the hilly Mount Lookout neighborhood overlooking the Little Miami River valley. It's designed to be a flexibly family structure with an eye toward aging in place.
Construction will start in the summer of 2015 and ProudGreenHome.com will provide ongoing media coverage of the project in the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati Research Center.
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