According to the Institute's website, "The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%...A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc."
The project was the result of a strategic partnership between Verdeco Designs and Beaton Construction. The home's owner, State Representative Matt Beaton, served as both client and general contractor. With Beaton’s blessing, Verdeco Designs' Mark Yanowitz, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, UCSL, formed his core design team with Passive House consultant Paul Panish of the DEAP Energy Group and LEED and energy consultant Richard Brown of Certified Energy Ratings, Inc. to assist in the design of an approximately 4,200 square foot home that integrates passive solar design principles with a super-tight, super insulated building envelope and heat-recovery ventilation for fresh air exchange, all while preserving the aesthetic characteristics that the client desired.
"My firm has been using Vectorworks since the early MiniCAD days, and the software just keeps getting better and better," said Yanowitz. "For the Beaton Residence, we designed the entire project in Vectorworks, from schematic design to design development to construction drawings, often integrating files seamlessly with my engineers' AutoCAD files."
Congratulations to Verdeco Designs and Beaton Construction on this achievement.