We are in design on a new passive house for challenging site and program in north Arlington, Virginia. A steeply sloping hill falls away to the east. The house will be placed along the north side of the site to take advantage of an existing plateau in the yard. This will also give maximum solar exposure for winter solar heating and rooftop photovoltaic panels. The house will have two entrances: one to the office located at street level, and one for the main house at the terrace level. The upper entrance will also serve as the wheelchair entrance for this fully accessible home.
We will be using double wall construction with a combination of EIFS and wood rainscreens at the exterior. With the combination of a lot of south facing glass well protected by overhangs, and the house having so much of its envelope embedded in the hillside, the energy modeling shows we are on track for Passive House certification.
Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2017.
- Date October 10, 2016
- Category Aging in Place, New Homes, Passive Houses