HBA member Meritage Construction Inc. is set to begin one of the first Certified Passive House ™ remodel projects in Oregon.
They will be remodeling a 2,100 sq. ft. SE Portland home according to super energy-efficient building standards, and once it’s complete, the family will no longer need their gas furnace or fireplace, relying only on “internal” heat gains, small electric bathroom heaters, and a small amount of hydronic heating from their existing high-efficiency natural gas water heater.
Meritage Construction will use Passive House techniques to create a super-insulated, yet well-ventilated home that loses extremely little heat compared to conventional buildings. The approach reduces energy demand for heating to about 10% -30% of heat required by typical homes.