HABITAT PASSIVE TOWNHOUSES

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity has constructed two affordable townhouses in Hudson, New York, aligned with the Passive House standard.

The Habitat Passive Townhouses are the first Habitat townhouses in New York to utilize the Passive House Standard which results in an estimated 90% less energy for heating.

Envelope.  Columbia County Habitat for Humanity has constructed two affordable townhouses in Hudson, New York, targeting the Passive House standard. The air-tight, super insulated homes feature 12" R-43 cellulose double stud walls and an R-87 roof, together with an R-56 foundation slab using 12" of EPS foam, and U-0.15 highly-insulative, triple-paned windows.

Systems.  The heating and hot water are provided by a high efficiency natural gas condensing boiler, and ventilation by an 84% efficient HRV.

 

SERVICES: CONSULTING PROJECT

- PaSsive House Consulting

- Mechanical Design

PROJECT DATA

Building Type  Duplex
Treated Floor Area  3250SF (TFA)
Climate Zone  5
Solar Orientation  NE/NW axis

PERFORMANCE DATA

pEUI: 8.3kBtu/sf/yr
Air Leakage: 0.6ACH50
Better Than Code: 84%
Heat Demand  3.80 kBTU/(ft2yr)
Air Tightness  0.60 ACH50 (target)
Primary Energy  36.2 kBTU/(ft2yr)
Cooling Demand  1.05 kBTU/(ft2yr)
Heat Load  3.80 BTU/(ft2hr)
Cooling Load  2.47 BTU/(ft2hr)


CONSTRUCTION

Walls/Roof/Foundation
12" Double stud with cellulose
24" Cellulose
Windows/Doors
U Value 0.15, SHGC 0.45
Insulation
Cellulose and EPS foam
R-42 walls
R-56 slab
R-87 roof


MECHANICAL

Heating/Cooling
Air-source heat pump
Ventilation
Heat Recovery Ventilator
Hot Water
Electric resistance tank

TEAM

Dennis Wedlick Architect
Architect
ZeroEnergy Design
Passive House Consultant
Mechanical Designer
Columbia Cnty Habitat for Humanity
Client
Levy Partnership
Pre-Certification & Field Verification
Funding and Development
New York State Affordable Housing Corporation
The City of Hudson
Hudson Development Corporation