Mid Atlantic Passive House Alliance Meets Up at the Site

Last weekend some 15 members of the Mid Atlantic Passive House Alliance (MAPHA) descended upon our project on a very cold and windy day. Inside, even though the temporary heating had been turned off for the weekend the day before, it was quite toasty and quiet. The drywall was up so things were looking a little more finished that they had the week before, yet there were still enough open walls and cavities to satisfy the curious.  Brendan O’Neill Sr. and Jr. were both on hand to give the perspective from a contractor’s point of view, and Al Cobb of Panelwrights discussed how standard SIP construction was adapted to the this project. Lots of good questions, lots of good discussion.

Brendan answering some questions

Afterwards we met at a local Bethesda eatery to discuss next steps in the development of the MAPHA. I should point out that all who have any interest whatsoever in Passive House design are welcome to join us when we do Meet-Ups at Passive House construction sites or when we get together for presentations by various experts in the field.  The contact person is our acting chair, Michael Hindle, and he can be reached at mhindle@mac.com.

This week the floating of drywall will be completed. The exterior cornice work and sheathing is also beginning. Within three weeks the exterior will look pretty much like the rendering. We are still shooting for completion at the end of April.

We are now getting lots of interest from potential buyers, the greenbuilding industry, and architecture students. We are putting together tours for staff at both DOE and NIH (our neighbor), and students at Catholic University School of Architecture, where I spoke recently on Passive House design. We are also organizing our first open-to-the-public tour.  If you are interested in joining us, email me at david@greenhaus.org, and I will happily put you on the list.