Spokane, WA (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
Spokane architect Sam Rodell AIA is designing the region’s first residential ‘passivhaus’. Using innovative technologies, the two bedroom, 1,300 square foot home will retain and recycle its own internal energy, drastically reducing utility costs and providing superior indoor air quality.
The passivhaus concept has gained broad popularity in Germany and Austria, virtually eliminating the need for traditional heating and cooling equipment. The home will be the first of its kind in the region, but likely won’t be the last; some predict ‘Passivhaus’ will become standard in future building design. “I think we can celebrate this project as an important ‘first’,” said Rodell.
Pat and Robin Rickey, who commissioned the project, selected ‘Passivhaus’ for its energy efficiency and health benefits. “We are excited to be building a Passivhaus for one very simple reason: It absolutely makes sense. When we selected Sam Rodell to be our architect for our new home, we told him we wanted an energy efficient design. That is when we first learned about the fascinating Passivhaus technology, which will not only save us money, but will create a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment,” said Robin.
During design and construction, the home will be reviewed by the Passive House Institute U.S., an independent organization. "We really appreciate the rigorous quality control the Passive House Institute brings to our project. Not just anyone can create a Passivhaus; our team is highly trained and qualified, certified and supported by the Institute. They are backed up by independent, third party quality control that includes both technical design review and actual construction inspections,” said Pat.
Sam Rodell is an award winning architect and a Certified Passive House Consultant. Those interested in learning more about Passivhaus design are encouraged to visit Rodell’s websites, http://www.rodell.co and http://www.healthy-architecture.com.