1544 Pond Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
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Passive and Energy Efficient Home Building
Energy Efficient Home Building Utilizing THE SUN (SOLAR)
Energy Efficient Home Building utilizing the EARTH
Passive home building originated in Germany. The overall objective is to reduce energy consumption. Key components of a true passive home include:
- Advanced window technology (high R-value by combining triple-panes, insulated low-e glazing, low emissivity coating, sealed argon or krypton gas, airseals and specially developed thermally broken window frames)
- Extremely airtight compared to conventional construction
- Passive methods of natural ventilation are used
- Often earth warming tubes are utilized and more.
The above drawing reflects characteristics of a Passive Home
Joseph Peden, the builder, is on site, every day working
side-by-side with his own crew and subcontractors and only works on one job at a time until completion.