Last week the Bella Vista Town Watch zoning committee approved construction of a home at 613 Pemberton St. Normally, we wouldn’t care much about construction of one house, but this one stands out because it would be the neighborhood’s first “passive house,” intended to use zero net energy.
And it’s a beaut.
The realtor-owned blog Live Love Philly picked up some interesting info about the project from Laura Blau of BluPath Design, the architect for the house, which will be next to a lawn like the rendering shows. Light from a skylight with filter down through a center stairwell and throughout the 2,500 square foot house. Plus there’s a roof deck, parking and a music room in the basement.
That’s on top of the huge energy savings from airtight construction with constant ventilation and super-insulated walls. Passive house construction generally cuts heating consumption by 90 percent.
Saving the Earth never looked so good