College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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PASSIVE HOUSE, ACTIVELY GREEN active mechanical systems as needed — in this case, a cold-climate heat pump, a heat recovery ventilation system, and small electric baseboard units. Let's consider passive heating strategies more closely. LIVE IT, LEARN IT, SHARE IT. Residents of TerraHaus are expected to live an energyefficient lifestyle and will work with Unity College's director of residence life and sustainability coordinator to fulfill the program goals, including those related to building energy performance, sustainability education, and public engagement. use the equivalent of 50 to 75 gallons of oil per year for space heating, less than 10 percent of the heating load for a home this size in this climate. It achieves this remarkable level of performance through efficiency from: 1) solar orientation, 2) superior air sealing, and 3) super-insulation. The TerraHaus relies primarily on these "passive" space heating methods with only minimal backup heating from Solar Orientation The placement of a house can have a significant effect on the solar energy that is available for heating the structure. TerraHaus takes the angle of the sun by season and the features of the site into account to maximize solar gain in the winter and reduce the amount of sunlight entering the house in the summer. Designers chose German windows that allow more solar radiation and less heat loss than were commercially available domestically. The concrete slab and kitchen island of TerraHaus absorb that solar heat during the day. (Thermal mass releases heat during the day too, but on a net basis it absorbs more than it releases.) At night, this heat is released at a rate related to the drop in temperature, counteracting the loss of solar gain. Passive solar designers use various formulas to optimize the ratio of glazing to thermal mass. yes... Superior Air Sealing Air infiltration is one of the main energy concerns with conventional housing construction. By reducing or eliminating leaks — from gaps in door and window frames, the meeting point of different building materials, perforations into the attic from wiring and plumbing (to name just a few points of concern) — the home's demand for space heating is significantly reduced. The Passive House standard for air sealing is rigorous, requiring mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange for occupant comfort. TerraHaus relies on a heat recovery ventilation system (HRV) to reduce heat loss during fresh air exchange. Some air-sealing measures in TerraHaus include meticulous taping and caulking between SIPs (see below), and the use of thick polyethylene sheeting that extends from beneath the foundation up the length of the exterior wall. GO Logic estimates that the extra air-sealing measures used to achieve the Passive House standard can add $2,200 to the cost of a home, but can lead to about a 27 percent reduction in fuel use, making the payback period quite short. featherlight t nesting, foldi folding mobile cart mobile & c 24 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 lighweight nesting, folding table with optional cart Super-Insulation Conventional framing has some energy conservation drawbacks that are reduced WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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