Paragon Real Estate Group Announces Passive House Arrives on Real Estate Market; Net-Zero Entry in the High-End Market is One of a Kind in San Francisco

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Ultra-luxury and ultra-efficiency go hand-in-hand with the just-introduced Passive House at 2127 Castro in the heart of Noe Valley. Engineered to rigorous European Passivhaus standards, the chic home’s airtight construction delivers up to a 90% reduction in energy use along with utter quiet and vastly improved air quality.

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“Of the many certifications that are relevant to green building today, it may be the Passive House designation that carries the most demanding standards.” Sarita Harbour, Bob Vila.com

“No other home on the San Francisco market could pass the tests required at all phases of construction for Passive House certification in the U.S. [PHIUS],” says the builder, Ewen Utting of ENU Construction. The home is so tightly sealed and highly insulated that it is actually heated by the ambient heat of the home’s appliances, lighting and the body heat of its occupants. At the heart of the home’s construction is the Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system that filters out pollens and pollutants and exchanges them for fresh air 24 hours a day.

Net-Zero and then some. A Net-Zero house is one that relies on renewable sources to replace the energy it uses. The 18 solar panels and solar water heater at 2127 Castro more than replace the energy the house consumes. Under California’s aggressive new Title 24 building code all residential housing must meet Net-Zero standards by 2020.

The 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence, appointed with Miele appliances and WinkHaus fixtures is a collaboration between Hood Thomas Architects, Ewen Utting of ENU Construction and Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat. The home is offered by Pete Brannigan of the Paragon Real Estate Group. A second 4-bed, 4.5-bath Passive House at 2123 Castro will be offered shortly.

Certifications:
LEED for Homes
PHIUS + Passive House
Energy Star (EPA)
Zero Energy Ready (DOE)
Indoor Air Plus (EPA)

Sidebar A: “Of the many certifications that are relevant to green building today, it may be the Passive House designation that carries the most demanding standards.” Sarita Harbour, Bob Vila.com

Sidebar B:
In One City: Built to Last, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s 35-year plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Passive House construction is the only building standard named as a pathway for achieving the city’s goal of an 80 percent emissions reduction.

For further information contact:
Ewen Utting            
415.608.3936            
ENU Construction    

Pete Brannigan
Paragon Real Estate Group
415.401.9901

Graham Irwin, AIA, Passive House Consultant
Principal, Essential Habitat Architects
415.258.4501

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