michigan’s first certified passive house
Here we share some observations about and snapshots of the Passive House we had built in Oakland County, Michigan. All photographs were taken by us unless otherwise noted.
—Maura and Kurt Jung
Monday, 11 June 2012
After a few weeks of mostly conventional home construction, today’s activities marked a return to the airtight and super-insulated aspects characteristic of a Passive House.
The top of the foundation wall was prepared for the 12 inch TJI vertical joists that will support the external insulation wall. Gaps were sealed, and another layer of foam insulation and a layer of wood were added. The TJIs will rest on top of this and be attached to the house. Cavities will be eventually filled with cellulose insulation.
The lower level was readied for a cement layer which will be poured to act as a heat sink for regulating the solar energy gained on sunny days. The inspector came out to examine the crawl space vapor barrier as well as the holes for the footings of the wraparound porch.
Every nook and cranny around the thermal envelope needs to have an airtight seal.
Framing delivered and barrier installed
Installing the first floor walls
Preparing for the second floor
Straight, Plumb, Level, Square and now Airtight
Crawl space insulation and roof
First floor preparation, TJI base
First floor concrete and first envelope trusses
Excavating, trusses and crawlspace stairway
Fiberboard installation and wrap
Wiring, insulation, porch roof
Mechanical system installation
Wood floors and exterior painting
Exterior concrete, kitchen cabinets
WKAR interview, floor finishing
Exterior concrete, crawlspace walls and floor
Compressors, exterior lights, tile
Exemplary results in blower door test
Upstairs floor finishing, water conditioner
First Holly Passive House Conference
Energy Wise Homes
Hanneman and Fineis Concrete Construction
RTM Heating & Cooling
Randy Lalone Well Drilling
Nu•Wool Premium Cellulose Insulation
Pro Trees Unlimited
Reynolds Water Conditioning, Co.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Green Building Advisor article
Maura Jung and Matt O'Malia discuss house