The client’s wishes were to double the size of their 17’ x 22’ two-story brick residence, add an abundance of light, and integrate passive house principles. Our thoughtful design-solution changed the direction of the roof, to allow a seamless addition toward the back of the house and provide an effective and efficient plan for both the first and second floors. The new roof’s layout adds enough height to include a bonus attic space, while increasing the family’s usable square footage. The shedlike roof-fins provide a framed view, adding privacy to the living space.
The implementation of passive house principles include optimizing one’s climate gains and losses. A passive building envelope is an extremely airtight shell, preventing infiltration of outside air and loss of conditioned air. By using a balancing heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation system, one can optimize the home’s climate gains and losses. High-performance double- or triple-paned windows and doors manage the sun’s energy for heating purposes in winter, and minimize overheating during the summer. These principles provide continuous insulation throughout the entire envelope, without any thermal bridging.