We are seeing more examples of the
passive house standard applied to a wider variety of building shapes and forms.
Here is a concept for a residence in the redwoods. A number of factors need to
be considered beyond the delight of the lovely views into the always green
forest.

Here are three:

– Light – its shady, especially in the winter.
Add lots of windows and skylights. Add white and bright colors to the interior.

– Cool – which particularly settles in in winter.
The Passive House Standard is quite appropriate. SIPS – structural insulated
panels are chosen for this concept.

– Urban wildland interface – per code and common
sense, to reduce combustible surfaces the siding is metal. Overhangs are
minimal. The ceiling of the entry porch is to be metal or cement board. The
walls of the entry porch to be redwood applied to 1 hr. fire rated walls. The
roofing to be Class A. It could also be a green roof. In either case, a low
slope roof shape is chosen sloping in the long direction. This happens to
confine rain gutters to one short run, easily accessible for maintenance.

And two interesting touches:

– Redwood tree column with bark announces the
entry porch.

– 2 – 10”x24” slabbed redwood beams with natural
edge help visually divide the public spaces.

Area facts:

Residence = 1702 sf

Garage = 528 sf

Studio  = 528 sf

This concept, plans, parcel, and the construction
of this passive house could be available. Inquire.
 Floor Plan

 At the front steps

 Front elevation

 Rear elevation

Front entry

Your first view

 Closer, near the kitchen

 In reverse, fromt the kitchen toward the living room and entry.