Here we share some observations about and snapshots of
we had built in Oakland County, Michigan. All photographs were taken by us unless otherwise noted.
Today a friendly and knowledgeable couple from Ohio toured our home. They are
investigating the option of building a passive house and came to visit one
first-hand. It was clear that each was well-informed—they had a good grasp of
energy efficient mechanical systems and other building components. As a
licensed plumber, his compliments on the craftsmanship of our plumbing system
were gratifying. We wish them well with their project!
Michael continues with finishing touches including the kitchen cabinetry. The
painting crew worked on the first floor and staircase walls today.
Painting stairway walls
Posts April 2012 Breaking ground Preparing the footings Completing the footing forms The Passive House standard Compromises Footings poured Crawlspace walls Concrete poured Additional insulation Drain tile wrapped May 2012 Backfilling and compaction Crawlspace backfilled Support posts installed Framing delivered and barrier installed Installing TJI joists Installing the subflooring Installing the first floor walls Preparing for the second floor Straight, Plumb, Level, Square and now Airtight Second floor taking shape Attic joists Roof trusses Roof trusses and attic deck Roof deck and overhangs Fascia boards June 2012 Crawl space insulation and roof Made in Michigan Special delivery Crawl space preparation First floor preparation, TJI base Sealing air barrier Soffits and tape seams First floor concrete and first envelope trusses Crawlspace concrete Excavating, trusses and crawlspace stairway Water line excavation Stairway, window framing Fiberboard installation Fiberboard installation and wrap July 2012 Framing crawlspace walls Envelope, plumbing Beginning of wraparound porch Porch Porch and ceiling Wrap-around porch August 2012 Wrap-around porch Window installation Preliminary blower door test Insulation September 2012 Wiring, insulation, porch roof Siding Siding progress Well drilled Mechanical system installation October 2012 Insulation of inside wall Drywall and siding Drywall Drywall and attic insulation Drywall, mechanical system Wood floors and exterior painting Doors and cabinetry delivered November 2012 Exterior concrete, kitchen cabinets Upstair floors, porch siding Painting, tiling, flooring WKAR interview, floor finishing Exterior concrete, crawlspace walls and floor Crawlspace floor Compressors, exterior lights, tile Entrances: drive and house December 2012 Trim work Front entrance Floors and windows Exemplary results in blower door test Walkway, bathroom vanity top Counter tops Kitchen back splash tiling January 2013 Upstairs painting Upstairs painting and trim Downstairs door finishing Upstairs floor finishing, water conditioner Downstairs painting Kitchen shelf, painting Cabinetry trim, painting February 2013 Cabinetry hardware Final interior painting First Holly Passive House Conference March 2013 Certificate of Occupancy Home December 2013 Settled in January 2014 Winter storm February 2014 Winter Snowshoeing April 2014 Habitat restoration May 2014 May August 2015 Energy February 2017 Life in a Passive House December 2017 Are passive homes the future? May 2019 Meanwhile, at the beaver dam July 2020 Geothermal March 2023
Ten years Links of interest
G • O Logic
Energy Wise Homes
J F Shewchuck Construction
Hanneman and Fineis Concrete Construction
Northern Michigan Hardwoods
RTM Heating & Cooling
Randy Lalone Well Drilling
Nu•Wool Premium Cellulose Insulation
Passive House Academy
Pro Trees Unlimited
MPC Cashway Lumber
Reynolds Water Conditioning, Co.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Proud Green Home article
Green Building Advisor article
Maura Jung and Matt O'Malia discuss house