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Off-grid passive house packed with high-performance material from around the world

Ben Welter - Friday, September 25, 2015

Building a passive house off-grid without the use of foam insulation or other potentially harmful materials can be a challenge. Architect Andrew Michler scoured the world for the high-performance material used in MARTaK, Colorado's first certified International Passive House. Among the components used in Michler's 1,200-square-foot guest house in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Fort Collins: 

Applegate loose-fill cellulose insulation
Roxul mineral wool batt
Air Pohoda heat-recovery ventilator
Eco-Bond nontoxic caulk
Tescon Vana air sealing tape
• ABS pipe to replace PVC

BioPCmat 51

Above: BioPCmat 51, a phase change material designed to absorb and release heat, is installed on two interior walls to even out temperature spikes.

http://inhabitat.com/how-to-build-a-passive-house-off-grid-without-foam/

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