Passive House Case Studies Presented by Home Owners

Passive House California is hosting a panel discussion on The Home Owner Viewpoint: Passive House Case Studies & Economics this Sunday August 21 from 3-6 pm at Covo. Join three homeowners as they discuss the construction details and cost implications of Passive Homes in the Bay Area.

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Presenters:

  • Chie Kawahara: Renovated a Santa Cruz Craftsman Bungalow
  • Jonathan Kaplan: Remodeled a home in Noe Valley, SF
  • Sven Thesen: Built a new home in Palo Alto

Location: Covo CoWorking Space, 981 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

‘Passive House’ is a European building model that offers maximum energy efficiency while providing superior comfort and air quality. Energy consumption can be reduced up to 90 percent. Passive House puts true zero energy buildings within reach when coupled with renewable energy systems.

The Passive House performance standard is a design methodology that is integrated with architectural design. It focuses on super-insulated, airtight construction and uses continuous fresh air ventilation with heat recovery to reuse internally generated heat. A building is passively self-heated during winter and self-cooled over summer. High performance windows and doors minimize heat losses and create an environment that is quiet.

 
Chie Kawahara's Craftsman Bungalow renovation in Santa Cruz is referred to as Midori Haus. (Midori means 'green' in Japanese). Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat was both architect and Passive House consultant. The project also boasts both rainwater and grey-water catchment systems and is used as a model for the City of Santa Cruz for water saving.

Chie Kawahara’s Craftsman Bungalow renovation in Santa Cruz is referred to as Midori Haus. (Midori means ‘green’ in Japanese). Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat was both architect and Passive House consultant. The project also boasts both rainwater and grey-water catchment systems and is used as a model for the City of Santa Cruz for water saving.

 

Chie Kawahara renovated a Santa Cruz Craftsman Bungalow.

 

The Noe Valley home of the food advocacy Director for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) and his wife, Sarah Malarkey. They chose many recycled materials but created a very modern SF home that includes an Airbnb room in the basement.

The Noe Valley home of Jonathan Kaplan, the food advocacy Director for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council), and his wife, Sarah Malarkey. Jonathan Kaplan designed the home and Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat was the Passive House consultant. They chose many recycled materials but created a very modern SF home that includes an Airbnb room in the basement.

 

The Noe Valley home of the food advocacy Director for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) and his wife, Sarah Malarkey. They chose many recycled materials but created a very modern SF home that includes an Airbnb room in the basement.

Jonathan Kaplan remodeled a home in Noe Valley, SF.

 

Sven Thesen's home in Palo Alto by Arkin Tilt Architects. It's known as 'Project Green Home' and is also the location of the first side-walk access public electric vehicle charging station in California.

Sven Thesen’s home in Palo Alto by Arkin Tilt Architects. It’s known as ‘Project Green Home’ and is also the location of the first sidewalk access public electric vehicle charging station in California.

 

Sven Thesen built a new home in Palo Alto.

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The Urban Fabrick San Francisco office has launched Good Design, the first of its kind coworking studio that incorporates a full suite of AEC amenities. Our pilot partnership is with Covo, the newest coworking space from coworking powerhouse Rebecca Brian Pan.

Good Design will be curating ongoing lectures and training at Covo focused on what the design community and our clients need to know about performance, beauty, value, resiliency, durability, net zero energy, water reuse, living walls and roofs, wellness, comfort and universal design. Members can stay up to-date on the design concepts that clients and high performance building codes require without ever leaving their workspace.

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