Checking Back In with Solera Studios
Back in March of this year we brought you the story of a (pending certification) Passive House built in South Carolina. The post about David Bitter’s design and how he used ArchiCAD to manage the Passive House design, requirements and data received quite a bit of attention.
To refresh your memory, Passive House certified homes are built to the world’s most stringent energy standards and boast a reduction of annual heating and cooling energy consumption by an average of 80% – 90%. When we spoke to David Bitter he let us know that he relies on ArchiCAD to be certain his design uses as little energy as possible and have unparalleled comfort conditions and superior air quality – the hallmarks of Passive House design.
Though super insulated, and virtually air-tight, Passive House can claim superior air quality and comfort levels relative to traditionally built homes because all ventilation air is filtered of airborne pollutants (pollen, etc.) rather than being accidentally admitted through random pathways in building crevices. Additionally, the extremely low amount of conditioned air required for a Passive House means there is no longer the constant background sound of a forced air system at work.
At the time of the post, Bitter lamented over not having better photos to share with our readers. Since then, he has let us know that he contracted a photographer by the name of David Fisher from JandDImages, LLC and shared some updated images of the home.
So please enjoy this updated look at the German Passive House Cottage, designed in ArchiCAD by David Bitter of Solera Studios. David would also like us to acknowledge the rest of the team: Deb Tucker (Owner), Jeff Dinkle (Passive House Consultant), Bruce Kitchell (PHIUS+ Rater), Brandy Hall (Permaculture Designer) and William Ashley (Contractor)