Virtual Tour of a “Passive House” Project in Chappaqua
Passive Houses involve a method of construction that uses thick, insulated walls and roofs, triple-pane windows and other methods of exterior enclosure to substantially reduce the energy use of the building. As a result of the energy efficient exterior enclosure, the mechanical systems needed to heat and cool the house can be more energy-efficient options, such as air-source heat pump mini-splits or geothermal systems. This method also eliminates the use of fossil fuel systems and, if combined with solar panels, wind turbines, or other site-generated sources of electricity, means the entire building could be net-zero.
Sasaki+Spade Architects is working with the Fuller Center for Housing on a house in Chappaqua that not only would be a Passive House but a built-to-own affordable housing unit. We’ll conduct a virtual video tour of the house under construction, and then follow that up with the architects for the project: Bill Spade, AIA, LEED AP, PHI, and Keiko Spade, R.A.
This event is co-sponsored by Building and Allied Construction Industries of Westchester (BACI) and the Building & Realty Institute (BRI).