Passive House in Scranton becomes the 112th certified in North America

Passive House in Scranton becomes the 112th certified in North America

Photo copyright 2014 Richard Pedranti Architect, PC

A Passive House recently certified was the 112th certified building by the Passive House Institute in North America.

Richard Pedranti Architect, a full service architecture firm focused on energy efficient design, said that its first Passive House, built in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was certified to meet PHIUS’ rigorous energy standards.

 “The Scranton Passive House features a simple thermal envelope with additional architectural elements outside of the thermal boundary, a very efficient and elegant design technique,” said Lisa White, certification manager for PHIUS. “As a result, PHIUS has decided to use the home as a PHIUS+ Certification case study, as well as the example project for WUFI Passive training courses.”

A Passive House is the most stringent building energy standard in the world, and uses 80 percent less energy than conventional homes. A Passive House creates a virtually air-tight, super insulated, compact building envelope that uses the sun and internal gains to achieve space conditioning, and in that way provides both comfort and exceptional energy conservation.

Superior indoor air quality is provided by a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). With the addition of small renewable energy systems, Passive House buildings are able to achieve a Zero Energy Building (ZEB) standard.

“We love the house,” said owner Christie Karpiak. “Every day we wake-up and notice how much we enjoy living here. It is serving all the purposes we wanted.”

The Scranton Passive House is one of 112 PHIUS-certified buildings in North America. PHIUS is recommended by the Department of Energy as the next step in high-performance and passive building standards. PHIUS is committed to making high-performance passive building principals the mainstream best-building practice, and the mainstream market energy performance standard.

Read more about Passive House.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Passive House

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