Holland Passive House

Holland Passive House, located on the eastern shore of Lake Tashmoo on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, is a two story, wood framed, single-family residence designed to be certified to the Passive House Standard. The siting, general layout and orientation of the home have been established to maximize the effect of natural day-lighting and create a sense of privacy from neighboring properties while providing dramatic views to Lake Tashmoo beyond.  The home features natural, low maintenance exterior finishes and contains no combustion equipment. Primary strategies employed to reach ZNEB requirements include load reduction (meeting and exceeding the air-tightness and thermal requirements of the Passive House standard), minimal electrical usage in conjunction with roof mounted PV and solar domestic hot water systems. Large glazed west façade areas provide a spectacular view of Lake Tashmoo, while the covered ‘porch’ areas on the West façade help mitigate unwanted solar gains during the summer months. 

This new residence accommodates an open great room (kitchen, dining room and living room), pantry, laundry room, a family room, and one bedroom with a full bathroom on the first floor. The great room has direct access to the view deck, taking advantage of westerly views of Lake Tashmoo. The family room was designed to function (in the future) as a first floor master bedroom allowing the homeowners to age in place. The second floor includes the primary master suite (bedroom/bathroom) with dramatic south & westerly views, as well as a flexible common space that can be used as an office or guest bedroom with an on-suite bath.

Quick Facts

General

Location
Vineyard Haven, MA02568
United States
Building Type Single-family residence
Project Type Zero Energy
Basis of Performance Claim Modeled,
Bedrooms 4
Conditioned Floor Area 2 916

Energy Summary

Energy Data Type Estimated,
Renewable Energy System Type(s) Photovoltaics, Other,
Ratings

Certified Passive House (Passive House Academy)
LEED Platinum.
Tier III MA New Construction Program

Annual renewable energy generated 6 200

Envelope and Mechanicals

Subslab assembly

- 4" Reinforced Poured in Place Concrete Slab on Grade
- 10 Mil. Poly Vapor Barrier - Continuous Under Entire Slab & Over FND Wall, Wrapped/Taped Up Exterior Side Wall (All Seams Taped)
- 12" EPS Type II Insulation Under Entire Slab And At All Slab Edges
- Compacted Backfill

Foundation wall assembly

- Damp Proofing to Grade
- 8" Reinforced Poured in Place Concrete Foundation Wall Over Continuous Concrete Footing

Above grade wall assembly

East/West Wall Assembly:
- Yellow Cedar Shingles (Max 5" Exposure)
- 2 Layers Of #15 Felt
- 1/2" 'Zipwall' OSB Sheathing (All Seams & Joints Taped)
- Acoustical Sealant at All Wood to Wood Connections, Typ
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam
Insulation
- 2 1/4" Cavity Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Interior Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
- 1/2" Gwb W/ Skim Coat of Plaster, Painted

North/South Wall Assembly:
- Yellow Cedar Shingles (Max 5" Exposure) @ Sidewalls, 1x4 Vertical Yellow Cedar at Window
Groupings, & 1x6 Yellow Cedar Shiplap Siding @ 1st Floor Powder Room - East Wall
- 2 Layers Of #15 Felt (Second Layer Interwoven W/ Shingles Every Six Courses)
- 1/2" 'Zipwall' OSB Sheathing (All Seams & Joints Taped)
- Acoustical Sealant at All Wood to Wood Connections, Typ.
- 2x6 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Framing Spaced 24" O.C. W/ 4" High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation & 1 1/2" Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 7 1/4" Cavity Filled W/ Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Interior Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 1/2" Gwb W/ Skim Coat of Plaster, Painted

Door Assembly

Makrowin MW88 Aluminum Clad Doors with Triple Glazed Low E Climatop Ultra-N Insulated Glass

Air Changes per hour, ACH50 0.35

Project Team:

ArchitectTeam Member: Hutker Architects Energy ConsultantTeam Member: Mike Duclos BuilderTeam Member: Farley Pedler

Other Team Members:

Ratings:

Certified Passive House (Passive House Academy)
LEED Platinum.
Tier III MA New Construction Program

Awards:

In 2016, this building was awarded a $10K grant as a Zero Net Energy Building under the Pathways to Zero Net Energy Program administered under by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/energy-efficiency/ze...).

Completion

Completion Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Scope

Two story, wood framed, single family residence.

Type of Construction New,
Number of buildings
Floor area of each building 2 916
Bedrooms 4
Stories 2
Conditioned Building Volume 22 826
Conditioned Floor Area 2 916

Location and Climate Details

Single-family residence

Address
Vineyard Haven, MA02568
United States
Location Type Rural
Climate Region Zone 5
Köppen Climate Type Dfb
Lat. / Long. POINT (-70.6036395 41.4542786)
Elevation 12
Solar Insolation 4.46 kWh/m2/day
Annual CDD and Base Temp 88 | 78 deg F
Annual HDD and Base Temp 5346 | 65 deg F

Site

Site Conditions:

previously developed land, wetlands, sensitive habitat,

Site Description:

Situated on a long narrow site, the residence was designed to carefully consider the impact the building will have on the site & the neighboring properties all while enhancing the privacy of the property and the home. Through the development of a master plan for the property, site strategies and building forms maximize natural light and views to Lake Tashmoo and beyond. Passive solar strategies together with careful consideration of coastal/prevailing winds minimize the impact on the natural environment (by reducing the need for energy consumption) and will provide utmost comfort during all seasons.

Monthly Energy Data and Utilities

Energy Data Type: Modeled,

Electric Utility: EverSource

Gas Utility: NA

Renewables and Energy Balance

Renewable Energy Sources:Renewable energy is generated within the building footprint (e.g. solar PV on the roof), Clean energy is imported from off-site (e.g. utility wind power), or renewable energy certificates (RECs) are purchased,

Renewable Energy System Description & Details: A conventional roof mounted 4.56KW PV system (anticipated production of 6206 KWhrs/yr) has been installed. Three flat plate roof top solar DHW collectors and two 80 gallon storage tanks with electric resistance backup are installed, totaling approximately 93 sf. Ventilation system with ground loop pre-conditioning.

Annual renewable energy generated 6 200
Annual Renewable Energy Generated Data Type Estimated,
Power Rating 4 560Watts
Renewable Energy System Type(s) Photovoltaics, Other,
Source of Annual Production Data Not yet available.

Walls and Roof

Passive House super-insulated, air tight envelope designed to meet 4.75 KBTU/sf/yr space heating/cooling demand.
Low U, high SHGC glazing managed by fixed and operable shading.
A super insulated slab on grade to absorb, store and re-radiate solar energy.
A long building axis being near due South, with enhanced glazing area due to compensate for some South tree shading, the impact of which is mitigated by the slab on grade storage mechanism.

Subslab assembly

- 4" Reinforced Poured in Place Concrete Slab on Grade
- 10 Mil. Poly Vapor Barrier - Continuous Under Entire Slab & Over FND Wall, Wrapped/Taped Up Exterior Side Wall (All Seams Taped)
- 12" EPS Type II Insulation Under Entire Slab And At All Slab Edges
- Compacted Backfill

Subslab R-value 48.00
Slab edge assembly

- 4.75" EPS Type II Insulation

Slab edge R-value 19.00
Foundation wall assembly

- Damp Proofing to Grade
- 8" Reinforced Poured in Place Concrete Foundation Wall Over Continuous Concrete Footing

Foundation wall R-value
Above grade wall assembly

East/West Wall Assembly:
- Yellow Cedar Shingles (Max 5" Exposure)
- 2 Layers Of #15 Felt
- 1/2" 'Zipwall' OSB Sheathing (All Seams & Joints Taped)
- Acoustical Sealant at All Wood to Wood Connections, Typ
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam
Insulation
- 2 1/4" Cavity Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Interior Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
- 1/2" Gwb W/ Skim Coat of Plaster, Painted

North/South Wall Assembly:
- Yellow Cedar Shingles (Max 5" Exposure) @ Sidewalls, 1x4 Vertical Yellow Cedar at Window
Groupings, & 1x6 Yellow Cedar Shiplap Siding @ 1st Floor Powder Room - East Wall
- 2 Layers Of #15 Felt (Second Layer Interwoven W/ Shingles Every Six Courses)
- 1/2" 'Zipwall' OSB Sheathing (All Seams & Joints Taped)
- Acoustical Sealant at All Wood to Wood Connections, Typ.
- 2x6 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Framing Spaced 24" O.C. W/ 4" High Density Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation & 1 1/2" Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 7 1/4" Cavity Filled W/ Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 2x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Interior Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 1/2" Gwb W/ Skim Coat of Plaster, Painted

Above grade wall R-value 61.40
Cathedral ceiling assembly

Roof Assembly - Pitched Roof:
- Asphalt Shingles
- Ice & Water Shield Over Entire Roof & Turned Down @ All Wall-To-Roof Connections (Min. 1'-0")
- 1/2" Cdx Plywood
- (3) 2" Layers of Poly Iso Insulation Over Entire Roof
- 5/8" 'Zipwall' Osb Roof Sheathing; All Seams & Joints Taped
- Acoustical Sealant at All Wood to Wood Connections, Typ
- 16" Tji 210 Structural Roof Framing Spaced 24" O.C. Filled W/ Dense Pack Cellulose Insulation
- 1x4 Spf (Spruce Pine Fir) Strapping
- 1/2" Gwb W/ Skim Coat of Plaster, Painted

Cathedral ceiling R-value 92.00

Windows and Doors

Window Assembly:

Makrowin MW88 Aluminum Clad Integral Windows with Triple Glazed Low E Climatop Ultra-N Insulated Glass
Center of glass U = 0.11

Door Assembly:

Makrowin MW88 Aluminum Clad Doors with Triple Glazed Low E Climatop Ultra-N Insulated Glass

Average window U-factor 0.15
Door U-Factor 0.15
Door Area 43

Mechanical Systems

Space cooling - Manufacturer & Model Daikin 3MXS24NMVJU ASHP with two ducted distribution systems,
Space heating - Manufacturer & Model Daikin 3MXS24NMVJU ASHP with two ducted distribution systems,
Domestic hot water - Manufacturer & Model Solar DHW – 3 Kingspan FPW30 collectors totaling 93sf & two 80 gal Kingspan KSP0246 solar storage tanks w/electric resistance backup
Domestic hot water - capacity 160
Ventilation - Manufacturer & Model Zehnder CA 550 ERV with ComfoFond ground loop for preheating / pre-cooling / dehumidification,
Lighting Manufacturer and Model
Lighting Efficiency 100% LED,
Mechanical Equipment Installation Details and Comments

Air Source Heat Pumps for space heating and cooling have been installed and verified to be operational to manufacturer’s specification by the HVAC installer.

Duct systems for heating and cooling air distribution had their total leakage measured, and they comply with the building code.

The solar DHW System has been installed and verified to be operational by the system installer and has a reporting mechanism to detect if the system has malfunctioned so it can be repaired, to avoid the issue of unconscious excessive DHW backup energy use. The system is expected to serve the majority of annual DHW use, estimated by RESNET criteria as approximately 18250 gallons / year.

The Zehnder hygienic and point source air exchange system has been commissioned by a Zehnder certified commissioning agent, with results outlined in the issued ventilation system commissioning report. The ventilation system has been balanced to within 10% of flow rate at the fresh air / stale air ports to outside to minimize core freeze up potential and maximize heat exchange efficacy. The ventilation system flows in each room have been measured using a moving vane anemometer and adjusted repetitively to insure adequate air extraction and supply as stipulated in the ventilation system plan. Ventilation system power has been measured.

As required by Passive House Institute for final certification, a bidirectional, multipoint blower door test was run using Tectite software to collect data, analyze and graph the results, which were 161 CFM@50 Pa depressurization, 103 CFM@50 Pa depressurization, and PHI/PHA uses the average of these – 132 CFM@50 Pa to compare to the certification criteria of 0.6 ACH@50 Pa.

Envelope

Air Changes per hour, ACH50 0.35
Air Changes per hour, CFM50

General Process

It was clear early in the design process that Passive House Certification was a primary goal for the project team and owners. As such, the Hollands & Hutker Architects attended a four (4) hour workshop facilitated by Mike Duclos at the 2014 JLC Live Conference in Providence, RI to ensure an understanding of the considerable challenges and significance of a Passive House project. This event was a wonderful team building exercise and provided the encouragement and inspiration to move the project forward and engage the remainder of the primary project team, including Mike Duclos of DEAP Energy Group and Energy Efficiency Associates. Mike Duclos, the Certified Passive House Consultant responsible for the energy design features, testing, remediation and commissioning of the Falmouth Passive House, the second certified in Massachusetts, worked closely with Hutker Architects during the design development phase, evaluating performance trade-offs in all major building assemblies, assessing mechanical system options and specifying the renewable energy strategies (in that order) to optimize the ‘house as a system’ design. Mike provided the Hutker Architects with a custom UA based spreadsheet calculator for conducted heat loss calculations to facilitate the selection and quantification of insulation for various building assemblies, by facilitating ‘design space exploration’ of trader-offs among opaque and glazed assemblies, shell performance, and size in the context of a simple heat loss model targeting a reasonable starting point with respect to space heat demand.
Mike Duclos constructed a PHPP model and worked with the Hutker Architects to further refine the starting point in the context of solar gains, shading, ventilation and DHW system layout, etc. to meet the Passive House space heating, cooling and primary energy criteria, with the builder Farley Pedler engaged in the process early on.

Design for Adaptability:

The residence is designed to allow the homeowners to 'age in place', providing flexibility for the first floor family room, to transition into a master suite.
Flat roof portions of the home & garage are designed to provide the opportunity to introduce additional solar arrays, and roof gardens.

The approach of providing the simple UA calculator feedback to the architects is well worth considering for those without extensive PH design experience. This could also be expanded into a 'PHPP Lite' which allows feedback to include solar gains and shading providing an educational opportunity, as well as a design loop iteration and time reduction.

Software Tools

Software Tools:

General modeling information:

Simple custom designed UA calculator
PHPP Version 8.5
REM/Rate

Lessons Learned

Outcome of Project Goals:

Certified Passive House (Passive House Academy)
LEED Platinum.
Tier III MA New Construction Program
This is a Mass New Construction Tier III home.
This home was awarded a DOER Zero Net Energy Building grant application.
Zero Net Energy operation remains to be measured.

Discrepancies:

Actual energy use data are not yet available

Rebates and Financial Incentives

Federal incentives

Federal Rebate for PV System: $7934
Federal Rebate for SHW System: $4143

Local incentives
State incentives

MA Residential New Construction Program Tier III incentive: $7K
PON Zero Net Energy Building grant: $10K + $2K for hygrothermal modeling.
MA Income Tax Credit for PV System: $1K

Utility incentives
Other incentives
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