For more on Auburndale Builders, Inc. check out our website by clicking on the home symbol above. Now we hope you read on about our exciting Passive House building project.
These posts in our blog are an important learning experience for those interested in designing, constructing and purchasing high-performance housing of all kinds.
We hope that telling you about our work will give all interested parties useful information–whether building a completely passive home or remodeling an existing structure.
Some time ago we were approached on whether we wanted to build a passive house in Wayland. To participate, we were required to become certified in Passive House Construction. Now our team has four people certified and capable of leading the construction of a Passive Home.
Passive housing was developed in Europe making them the current leaders in the construction of Passive housing. A Passive Structure refers to a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a structure, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. (Here is the definition from the Passive House Institute U.S.)
To put this into perspective, we are constructing this home in Wayland, MA that although 4,400 square feet in area can be heated and cooled by the equivalent of a single burner on a stove.
While Auburndale Builders is committed to constructing high-performance housing at this level, it is also committed to providing various levels of passive in new construction as well as the remodeling of existing structures.
Our first task was to deconstruct an existing small home. Our team was please by the work was done by Dave Giese from Piece by Piece Deconstruction.
Deconstructing is not to be confused with demolishing. Deconstruction is where you take a structure apart piece by piece. Your objective is to salvage as much of the structure as you can. We will use the flooring, cabinets, doors, windows, as well as any architectural details in another structure.
In our next updates, we will describe and show visually other important conservation processes we undertook to prepare the environment for the construction of this Passive House. We will then go on to begin the construction process.
We are looking forward to sharing our process of building this unique structure, and educate you in some of the techniques. So we invite you to follow along by checking back as well as contacting us directly with further questions or interest. Also, please provide us with feedback as to what additional information you would like to see.