Empowerhouse, DC’s first passive house, celebrated its completion today and will be welcoming its first residents in January.
The home was originally constructed on The National Mall by a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Public Engagement, and Stevens Institute of Technology during the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathalon. After the event ended, the home was moved to 4609 Gault Place NE (map) in Deanwood, where it was completed as a two-family home.
The team behind the Empowerhouse worked with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC (DC Habitat), and the DC Department of Housing and Development (DHCD) to build the home and select the two families who will reside there. The first family will purchase the home through DC Habitat and will be moving in January.
The net-zero nature of the home means that it will consume 90 percent less energy than a typical home; the solar panels on the house were some of the smallest in the Decathalon due to the low energy needs. Because of our swampy weather, designers installed dehumidifiers and carefully managed the flow of air through the home. Compared to a typical Deanwood home, it is projected Empowerhouse will result in $2,000 in annual energy cost savings.
DC Habitat announced in June that they will be breaking ground on six more similarly energy-efficient homes in the Ivy City community.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seck.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_first_passive_house_to_welcome_residents/6382
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