In 2013, IBACOS partnered with Brookfield Residential to help design and certify Colorado's first Passive House. As the first certified production home, the Passive House is located in Midtown, a large urban infill development in Denver.
Built to a super-efficient standard, Passive Houses can use up to 90% less energy than a typical new home. The three key requirements for these homes are construction that is almost airtight, very low heating and cooling needs, and very low energy usage—11.1 kwh per sq. ft. ENERGY STAR homes use 30 kwh.
The 2,421 sq. ft. home has a HERS rating of 29, and air exchange rate of .6 ACH50. All materials meet the requirements for the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home program. The roof includes solar shingles, but the energy savings are primarily from the super-tight enclosure.
In 2014, the Brookfield Passive House won two prestigious industry awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The gold went to Brookfield in the “Best in American Living Awards” (BALA) Green category. BALA is the oldest national design awards program in the residential homebuilding industry. The Passive House was also recognized in the category of “Project of the Year – Single Family Production” at the NAHB Green Awards.
To learn more, visit, www.brookfieldresidentialco.com.
“The design and certification of Colorado's first Passive House resulted in an award-winning home that uses up to 90% less energy than a typical new home.”