"The home that David and Carol Gulyas are building is based on many of the cutting-edge concepts in green construction and energy conservation, and while it most closely approximates concepts employed in the German passive home, there are differences.
'The German model really emphasizes being airtight, and while that’s a fundamental concept in this house, too, we have a different attitude about quality of life,' Gulyas said. 'In Bloomington, we like to open the windows and let the air in. Feel a breeze. So we’ve incorporated systems to accommodate that as well.'" --Mike Leonard, Bloomington Herald-Times, May 17, 2009.
Systems and features that will make the house so radical include:
- Energy modeling and design by Marko Spiegel and CTI
- Cool, heat reflecting metal roof finish
- 12-inch thick SIP walls and roof from Porter SIPS in Michigan
- Triple-pane Loewen windows
- Ten inches of insulation under the floor slab
- Energy Recovery Ventilator
Plus some not-so-radical features such as excellent construction quality provided by Chris Sturbaum's Golden Hands Construction crew, and outstanding interior design and construction management provided by David Gulyas (full disclosure, the latter is my husband).