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Chicagoland’s First Certified Passive House : Part 3 of 3

WBD’s last entry and additional Q&A surrounding Chicago’s first Passive House project: So why wouldn’t you build a passive house? I can’t tell you how many times people came through the house under construction at our various construction tours and after the tour asked, “ So why wouldn’t everyone build a Passive House? It seems like a no brainer.” Once people tour this type of home they realize the many pro’s of this type of construction: money savings on utility bills, money savings on maintenance, ultra comfort, super air quality, and overall extreme durability. There were a couple instances where the client had to make some compromises such as an induction cooktop and a condensation dryer. However, after living in the home, they have no complaints on the dryer, and the cooktop gives chefs much more control and even cooking temperatures in their pans. The benefits far outweigh the compromises. Passive houses do not have to look a certain way architecturally. A passive house could look like modern, prairie style, craftsman, Mediterranean, or any other style you may like. A passive house can look however you envision your dream home. It also can be framed using many different approaches. It could be ICF, stick built, or SIPS. There are many options for designing or building. The only limit is the knowledge of your architect and builder. The design/build team for this particular house can build a Passive House in any price range, size, or style. What are some other highlights or green features of the project? • Diverted 96% of waste from landfill • Used windows from old house...