Farmhouse Addition Meets Passive House Standards

Farmhouse Addition Meets Passive House Standards

This home, built onto an old farmhouse, meets the rigorous standards of Germany’s Passivhaus program.
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Green Builder Home of the Year Awards

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Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6:45am

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LOCATED 30 MILES north of Prague, Czech Republic, this project is an energy-efficient 1,200-square-foot residence. The client requested a place to retreat: a private yet open space, full of light. The house was to be strikingly modern yet contextual. Built upon an abandoned single-story structure for housing pigs and chickens, it is an extension of an 18th-century farmhouse. In a dense rural context, the home re-interprets the traditional stone and timber house and translates it into modern form. Local artisans contracted to build the timber construction employed traditional techniques.

The house has an airtight envelope with low heat loss (less than .15W/m2K), electrical on-demand hot water and triple glazing. The new construction achieves the challenging performance requirements of a German passive house, and it exceeds LEED Platinum standards.

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CATEGORY: Energy