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Seattle’s First Passive House

January 27, 2011
Joe Giampietro, Architect

OK, I’m really trying to refrain from the obvious jokes that can be made about Seattle’s passive house – or is it a passive-aggressive house? but-dut-bum.

A group of Seattle Central students have built Seattle’s first passive house.  Or, in other words, a house that has very little heat and energy loss.   This is done by using a recovery ventilator (and a flux capacitor and an invisible monkey).  As the air in the home is exhausted the heat in the air is recovered and used to heat fresh, incoming air.  I’m going to have to see this contraption to fully understand it, but it sounds cool.

The house is on display at the Phinney Neighborhood Center through July 15th.  There you can explore all 300 square feet.

Here is the article I found, or go to their website.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 27, 2011 7:23 pm

    I believe at 300 square feet it’s entirely heated by body heat.

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