Home built on reduce-reuse-recycle concepts

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 13:55

The average homeowner has a check list of qualities and amenities they are looking for in a property before they decide to buy. One of the qualities growing in popularity in recent years is sustainability. People are looking to find homes that simply use less energy, whether to reduce their impact on the environment or to limit utility expenses. 
Jan Fillinger is a Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED AP and was looking to find a new place to call home. After looking over the buildings on the market, Fillinger decided that construction was his best option, reports Jetson Green. Using passive house design, he hoped to reduce the operating costs associated with the property to an all-time low.
"These are tight homes that often have a lot of human-made materials, which are not necessarily in their virgin state," Fillinger told the news source. "We still don't know everything about VOCs and toxic products. Even when we use what are touted as low-VOC products, we don't know everything about the byproducts that can sometimes result from combining seemingly harmless building materials."
Passive house design incorporates the use of the natural environment to help supply light and warmth in a home. In addition, the use of rigid insulation on the floors and roof of the home - instead of traditional batt insulation - allowed the home to improve thermal heating qualities.
A radiant floor heating system has been installed to supply warmth throughout the entire building. The eco-friendly solution allows Fillinger to keep the house warm, without using a considerable amount of energy. Because radiant floor heating has the exceptional ability to integrate with thermal designs and renewable energy resources, the house is able to achieve a passive energy use status.