Sustainable Living: Chicago's First Certified Passive House

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August 28, 2013
Take a tour through Chicago's first Passive House built by Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC, with the help of architect Tom Bassett-Dilley. Part of Chicago's inaugural GreenBuilt Home Tour, which occurred in late July, the Passive House was one of 16-award winning Chicago area homes—recognized for its sustainable, practical, and affordable building practices—to be featured in the tour.

Click here to view a comprehensive Q&A with Brandon Weiss, president and founder of Weiss Building and Development, as he discusses everything from what a Passive House is to tips on how to minimize losses and maximize passive gains.

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  The exterior was clad with LP SmartSide in alternating bands of textured and smooth siding and basement areaways are constructed of site-salvaged brick-filled gabions. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    The exterior was clad with LP SmartSide in alternating bands of textured and smooth siding and basement areaways are constructed of site-salvaged brick-filled gabions.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  The entry sequence was designed to allow accessible entry, creating a sense of shelter and highlighting the thickness of the super-insulated ICF walls.

    The entry sequence was designed to allow accessible entry, creating a sense of shelter and highlighting the thickness of the super-insulated ICF walls.

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  The south windows provide much of the winter-free heat as well as the opportunity to break down the wall’s mass into a dynamic composition. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    The south windows provide much of the winter-free heat as well as the opportunity to break down the wall’s mass into a dynamic composition.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  Flooring includes Teragren bamboo, cork in the kitchen, and porcelain at entry points. American Yellow Birch was used for the cabinets and trimming. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    Flooring includes Teragren bamboo, cork in the kitchen, and porcelain at entry points. American Yellow Birch was used for the cabinets and trimming.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  The American Yellow Birch-clad staircase was designed as a screen inspired by light filtering through a forest. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    The American Yellow Birch-clad staircase was designed as a screen inspired by light filtering through a forest.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  Aluminum-clad wood Zola European windows provide Passive House performance. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    Aluminum-clad wood Zola European windows provide Passive House performance.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  A cedar deck and beams create the transition to the back entry. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    A cedar deck and beams create the transition to the back entry.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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  The traditional massing masks a super-performing house, built to last for centuries. Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

    The traditional massing masks a super-performing house, built to last for centuries.

    Photo by: Eric Hausman Photography

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