Vermont Passive House

NORWICH, VT

2010

3,196 sq ft.

3 BED 2.5 BATH

The Vermont Passive House is a collaboration between Zero Energy Designs and Bensonwood in Norwich, Vermont. The vaulted ceiling living area and open kitchen are all part of the open plan design for this high performance farmhouse. Built for outdoor living and connecting to the pristine country environment. The continuous insulation of the thick fiberboard wood walls give the home optimal heating in the cold northern New England winters. A passive house meets rigorous criteria for energy efficiency and performance. Some qualifying areas include: continuous insulation, air tightness, high-performance windows, heat recovery ventilation systems and solar energy gains.

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Bensonwood

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Bensonwood is a certified passive house builder

Certified Passive House Builder

ENERGY DETAILS

Certified under both PHIUS + Passive House, and ENERGY STAR programs. The 17-inch recycled foam sheet insulation provides R75 value and a vapor barrier below the slab. Two rooftop solar collectors with an electric on-demand water heater for backup create all hot water. One kilowatt heating mats located under floor tiles in the bathrooms supply radiant heating. A Heat Recovery Ventilator manages air exchange that adjusts depending on temperature and humidity. In the kitchen and living room a sealed combustion chamber wood stove serves both as cooktop and bake oven, as well as a source of supplemental heat. The 2,457 square foot home also earned 41 Home Energy Rating index points, meaning it is 59% more efficient than a standard new home (from ZED 05MAY09). This works out to be 129 therms natural gas / 141 gallons propane / 3781 kWh electricity / 1/2 cord of hardwood per year for heating total.

  • Roof: R86 (nominal)
  • Wall: R55 (nominal)
  • Basement: R38 (nominal)
  • Foundation: R40
  • Slab: R71 (nominal)
  • Threshold: 4.75 kBtu/sq. ft.

BUILD|ENGINEERING

Bensonwood

DESIGN STYLE

Contemporary

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ENERGY DETAILS

USGBC LEED Platinum
PHIUS+ Passive House

STRUCTURE DETAILS

R55 OB Plus Wall
R86 roof
R71 floor slab

AMENITIES

Mudroom
Root cellar
Utility rooms

BUILD|ENGINEERING

Bensonwood

DESIGN STYLE

Contemporary

STRUCTURE DETAILS

R55 OB Plus Wall
R86 roof
R71 floor slab

AMENITIES

Mudroom
Root cellar
Utility rooms

ENERGY DETAILS

Uses passive design strategies seen in roof and walls. High energy efficiency for size

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