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July 5th and 8th Open House(s): The First Certified Passive House in California (Blue2 Affordable Housing in West Marin)

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  • Michael Hoexter
    Two opportunities to tour and celebrate the opening of the first passive house in California. Passive House is the high efficiency, performance-based European
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2010
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      Two opportunities to tour and celebrate the opening of the first passive house in California.  Passive House is the high efficiency, performance-based European standard for building energy that combines superinsulation, a high degree of airtightness, and improved indoor air quality via heat/energy recovery mechanical ventilation. There are around 20,000 Passive House certified buildings in Europe.

      Blue2 is an affordable housing unit owned by CLAM, the Community Land Trust of Marin.  State, county and local officials will be on hand on July 5th, including Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert (or CEC representative) and the 8th is intended as an introduction for green building professionals:


      O p e n   H o u s e 
      Come CELEBRATE!
      Blue2 is built!
       It is the first certified Passive House in California,
      uses 540 watts to heat itself on the coldest day,
      creates permanently affordable housing,
      provides superior health and comfort,
      and addresses climate change!
       
      Monday July 5th 2010
      11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      Words of Celebration begin at 11:30 a.m.
       
      11560 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
      Please park next door at West Marin School
      This is a home.  No random visits outside the Open House date.
      For event information call CLAM at 415.663.1005
      or email info@...
       
      TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
      CLAM visit: www.clam-ptreyes.org
      Passive House visit: 
      US site:  www.passivehouse.us 
      California site:  www.passivehouseca.org
       

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      July 5
      CLAM's Blue2 Open House Celebration
      Passive House meets Affordable Housing

      Please Join CLAM (Community Land Trust Association of West Marin)
      Monday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      Please rsvp to info@...
      This event is free.

      Location: 
      Blue2 House
      11560 California 1
      Pt Reyes Station, CA 94956
      Please park next door at West Marin School
      Note: This is a home.  Please, no random site visits.

      CLAM will have a formal Open House Celebration starting at 11.  There will be several presentations marking the importance of the occasion, after which the architect and builder will present a short technical overview of what makes this a Passive House. 

      Please spread the word and join the celebration of this momentous occasion!  (If you are not able to make this date, there will be another opportunity to see the house at the Blue2 Green Building Mixer on the July 8; see that calendar item below.) 

      For more information about Passive House and Blue2, read below.

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      July 8
      GREEN BUILDING SHOWCASE and MIXER
      Blue2 Open House Green Building Mixer

      LEED for Homes and Green Point Rating meets Passive House;
      the making of the first Passive House in CA,
      which will also be LEED H and GPR certified.
      Blue2 is a super low-energy, affordable housing unit.

      Please Join Us:  Thursday, July 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      $10 for members of the participating organizations, $15 for all others
      Please RSVP and pay in advance at http://clam2openhouse.eventbrite.com/
      Please direct questions to clamtour@...
      Participating organizations:
      Passive House Ca
      USGBC-Redwood Empire Chapter
      Build It Green
      (others added as they join)

      Location: 
      Blue2 House
      11560 California 1
      Pt Reyes Station, CA 94956
      Please park next door at West Marin School
      Note:  This is a home.  Please, no random site visits.

      This will be a celebration and mixer of both the USGBC REC and Passive House CA, as well as other organizations.  The architect and builder will present a technical overview of what makes this a Passive House, Prudence Ferreira and Kevin Beck will discuss, respectively, the relationship between LEED and Green Point Rated with the Passive House standards, and other presenters to be determined. 

      Please spread the word and join the celebration of this momentous occasion!  (If you are not able to attend this date, CLAM, the non-profit affordable housing developer of Blue2, will be hosting a free and more formal celebration on July 5, 11:00 to 2:00; please visit www.clam-ptreyes.org for more information.)

      For more information about Blue2 and Passive House, read below.

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      Blue2 and Passive House:
      Passive House is the German system of super low energy buildings that essentially have no furnace, and instead heat themselves with saved heat from the occupants and appliances.  The European Union has almost 20,000 of these built, and they are considering making it their required building code, whereas there are about a dozen built in the US.  Passive House typically uses less than half the energy of an Energy Star house, and is the low cost path to net zero energy buildings, meeting California’s Green House Gas Reduction AB 32 targets, and exceeding thresholds proposed in the CA PUC's Long-term Strategic Plan.  

      Additionally, Passive House buildings cost effective as they rely on inexpensive efficiency measures, not less effective equipment.  Because of their low carbon footprint, they are great for the environment.  Passive Houses have the highest quality indoor air as they are constantly supplying fresh tempered air and flushing the old.  As the temperature is constant, they have superior occupant satisfaction and comfort.  This is marks the beginning of a new way of building. 

      Blue2 is an affordable housing unit, developed by CLAM, Community Land Trust Association of West Marin. CLAM is linking sustainability with its mission of affordability.  By adopting the Passive House standard, they have a building with low energy costs that will lock in affordability forever, built with low construction costs.  Over half the funds for this project were raised by local, personal donations.  

      Besides seeking Passive House certification, Blue2 is also seeking LEED-H and Green Point Rated certifications.  It is showing how these green metrics are complimentary, with Passive House addressing the low energy aspect that the others have not had the tools to address. 

      Blue2 is the second unit beside the Blue1 house, which was renovated to deep energy reductions using Passive House standards.  Together, they are a small island of energy efficiency that will have lasting impact.

      To learn more:
      Passive House US:  www.passivehouse.us
      Passive House California:  www.passivehouseca.org




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      Michael Hoexter
      Terraverde - Energizing Green Markets
      Belmont, CA 94002

      Blog:  www.greenthoughts.us
      Tel: (650)274-9360
      Fax (650)649-1788
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