This Certified Passive House integrates Passive House, Living Building, and Homestar methodologies.
Passive house properties include site placement, glazing position and its materials, construction method including airtightness and insulation.
Living Building methods include the actual construction materials being Red List free, striving to be a Net Zero Building for its power, water use, and waste.
Through these two methodologies, it can be (at least) Homestar 7 certified, if not higher.
Integrating all these design practices does not limit the design, but actually enhances it. The home is made using natural materials making it warm and inviting. The use of timber throughout connects the home to nature without that stark new house look. The home is safe and healthy for its inhabitants with no harmful chemicals, no drafts, even temperature throughout the year, and with a small footprint, it does not take too many resources from the land.
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