Living in a Passive Home

On May 6, 2020,  our Afton Passive House was added as a PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) certified home.

Our 2 certifications are:   PHIUS+ 2015   and   PHIUS+ Source Zero Project.     

To see how we built our home from the ground up, click on the Afton Passive House Blog Slide Show in green below.   (Note: It takes awhile to load as it has many slides)

Afton Passive House Blog Slide Show

Foyer & DenFront Foyer & Dining RoomDenDining RoomKitchen 6Kitchen 3Kitchen 1PantryMain-Half BathLaundryMud Room 1Main FloorLiving Room

Sunroom 1

3 Season Porch not part of

Sunroom 2Master BedroomMaster Bath 1Master Bath 3Master Closet 3Stairs & Pantry2nd Floor Fort by stairs2nd Floor Fort2nd Floor Fort South Bedroom2nd Floor-North Bedroom22nd Floor-North BedroomBasement KitchenBasement Family RoomBasement Family Room & KitchenBasement Southwest Bedroom 2Basement Northwest Bedroom 2Basement Northeast BedroomBasement Bath-WhirlpoolBasement Bath-GuestZehnder Air Exchange System2March 24, 2018

We have been living in our passive home since January 2018 and are very pleased with the comfort level it sustains.  It is a lot more comfortable than our previous home built in 1974. Even with temperature changes outside (20 below zero to 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter), our home’s temperature stays fairly even.  On days above 30 degrees Fahrenheit  outside, we have been able to turn off the Chiltrix heating units throughout the house especially on sunny days when we benefit from our window solar gain.  If we have a group of people over, we turn up the Zehnder Air Exchange System to allow more fresh air into the house.  Due to the dryness of the air coming in through the Zehnder System, we turn on our humidifier occasionally to maintain between 30 and 40% humidity.

Moving Day

We are now living in our new passive home.  Our Chiltrix heating/air conditioning system is working great to keep us warm.  Also, our Zehnder air exchange system is bringing fresh air into the house without too much heat loss.  Click on our “updated” blog slideshow to see how our passive house was built.

Afton Passive House Blog Slide Show