January 21, 2018
LINCOLN, VT (WCAX)
This is the second winter Studio III Architect Gregor Masefield and his family have spent at their Passive House in Lincoln, Vermont. It is a house where a kettle of water on a convection stove can provide the heat instead of a furnace.
“We don’t bring gas into the house. We don’t have carbon Monoxide. We don’t have other issues like that to be worried about,” Masefield said.
A Passive House is built based on thermal dynamics and physics. It was first started in the U.S. in the 1950’s through a pilot program. It was stopped. Then in the early 1990’s the project was picked up by a German Physicist. Currently, there are 15 certified passive homes in Vermont. They are specifically designed to conserve as much energy as possible.
There are 6 points of design:
– Air Tightness
– Solar Orientation.
– Thermal Bridge Free
– Great Windows
– A Heat Recovery Ventilation System
“The indoor air quality of this house is many times better than what you would find in a conventional house heating system,” Masefield said.
“We live outside as much as we live inside and a building that can live in a place like this and have a small a footprint as possible just made a ton of sense,” Masefield said.
A Passive house costs about 10 percent more than construction on a standard home. All of Masefield’s energy inputs average a total of 75 dollars a month.
This home was designed by Gregor Masefield and built by Cooper Smith-Stackhouse