We are proud to announce that work has begun on our first Passive House project! The Passive House certification program represents the pinnacle of energy efficient home design. With less than 250 homes certified so far having met the stringent requirements in the United States, we are looking forward to adding our project to this elite list! In addition to being pre-certified with the Passive House Institute, this home is also registered with the USGBC for a LEED Platinum certification, the US Department of Energy’s Net Zero Program, and the EPA’s WaterSense and Indoor AirPlus Programs. It will also be ADA compliant. Upon completion, this project will be perhaps the most energy efficient and environmentally conscious home in Michigan! Not to mention it’s design, by architect Mark A. Miller, is pretty striking.

For an in depth, in-progress tour of this house see this video by The Green Home Institute.

Rendering Courtesy of Mark Miller, Architect

This build, being mostly round, presents some interesting challenges that we are eager to tackle. Starting with, not one joist is the same length. It boasts 15″ walls that will have an R value of 60 and ceilings with an R value of 100, a 40 panel solar array, and a passive solar design. And, of course, panoramic views of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

LEED Platinum Net Zero PHIUS Water Sense Air Plus Universal Design

At a HERS index of zero, this will possibly be the most energy efficient, environmentally conscious house in Michigan. Right now there is only one certified passive house in Michigan and less than 250 in the US.

It’s not just about building a super energy efficient home, it’s also about sourcing environmentally conscious materials. Sourcing materials as close as possible to the site, to use less resources getting them to the job site. Sourcing recycled materials for things such as insulation and creating as little waste as possible.