High Performance Home to Feature World Class Building Science on the Outside and Chemical-free, Uncompromised Comfort on the Inside
State-of-the-art, over-the-top, larger-than-life residential construction is nothing new to Fairfield County, CT. A family of three is often residing in a 3-5 thousand square foot home, over 40% of which is not even being utilized. In Westport alone the median list price per square foot is $500 and the median price of homes is currently listed in Westport as $1,680,000, and rising. Ever wonder what it costs to maintain, heat, cool and fuel these power thirsty homes? And with so much counterintuitive “energy” being forcibly strained throughout multiple levels of space, how comfortable are we in our homes, really?
Pure House creator Douglas Mcdonald’s newest high performance, comfort driven, luxury brand is currently being constructed in Westport, CT. The 5,881 square foot colonial home will exceed USA building standards and adhere to a multitude of Passive House criteria. Passive House, established in Germany in 1990, is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world whose energy calculation and material standards for high performance dwellings has been making an impact here in the states over the last ten years.
Doug, who built and lives in a ‘passive home’ in Westport, one of the first of its kind in the country, says he is focusing on creating iconic country homes that utilize the best building standards from around the world. “These homes are for people who are tired of living in spaces that are drafty and uncomfortable.”
Working with his team of designers and manufacturers throughout the northeast, Doug is able to assemble Pure House living spaces utilizing beyond code standards. The Pure House in Westport is in line to meet specific Passive House standards. Pure House structures are designed to be smart and keep up with, and exceed, even the newest energy codes that are being adopted in Connecticut. What is the value of a house that does not meet the energy codes that are coming into effect?
While such a home does indeed come with an initial substantial price tag (additional cost is estimated at 5 to 20 percent), its long-term savings and effects are unmatched by conventional energy sources. All-in-all, Pure House will utilize 90 percent less energy than a traditional home.
A Pure House makes sense. Its purpose is to maximize comfort levels while minimizing / eliminating its energy footprint. Space heating and cooling demand, primary energy demand, airtightness and thermal demand are regulated through a series of applications that include thermal window and door insulation, fresh air exchange system, whole house water filtration and chemical-free practices. A Pure House must achieve a certain level of airtightness, as determined by a “blower door test.” The other two are measures of energy use are the annual energy consumed by heating and cooling the space, which cannot exceed a certain amount, and neither can the energy consumed by a range of other things, like heating water and powering electronic devices.
Additional energy-saving features include energy-efficient appliances, no-irrigation landscaping, and of course, an electric charging station for your Tesla car.
Science aside, the pure luxury of a moderate, temperature controlled high performance environment to come home to is within reach. Follow the Pure House project online: www.mycodeplus.com
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