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
Sunday, 25 May 2014
We were delighted to recently host an outing for the 24 awesome members of the Orchards Children’s Services Youth Board. These young people had a chance to visit our home and property and, after lunch, visit a nearby equestrian center for some horse-related activities.
Our home has garnered some positive attention from other quarters too. This spring our electricity utility, DTE Energy, featured the home in the spring edition of EnergySmarts of Michigan, its consumer publication. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the good folks who produced the article. However, we never did have a chance to congratulate in person the talented crew that Photoshopped the snowbanks out of the cover image to make it appear like a spring picture.
As recipient of the 2014 Fine Homebuilding Houses award for best energy smart home, our house was paid a memorable visit by editor Rob Yagid and crew. The hardcopy Houses 2014 edition has a cutaway graphic that shows in meticulous detail the various components of the passive house shell that encloses our home.
Other recognition has come from Green Building Advisor and Proud Green Home.
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