Passive House LA (PHLA+)

PROJECT

Project Name: Passive House LA (PHLA+)
Completion Date:
2017
Building Type:
Single Family Residence Passive House
Project Description:

Passive House Los Angeles (PHLA+) - Culver City, California

Located in Culver City, a suburb of Los Angeles, this new single-family residence that is being built to the Passive House standard is at the back of a duplex property behind an existing house. This infill development, which is currently under construction, will have 1,750 square feet of livable space and a large roof deck above the carport. The contemporary, two-story home’s rectangular geometry was engineered to withstand significant seismic loads, an important concern throughout California. 

Having been educated and worked in Germany, the founders of PARAVANT Architects were excited to bring Passive House concepts and practices to their clients in Los Angeles.  One of PARAVANT Architects’ founders, Christian Kienapfel, is building this family home as the first newly constructed Passive House in Los Angeles showcasing how comfortable, efficient, and sustainable a Passive House can be while maintaining an affordable budget. Additionally, the home is meeting California's more stringent new construction efficiency standards targeting Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Homes by 2020, ahead of the official schedule. 

Large windows provide sufficient natural light and a connection between indoor and outdoor living even with this home’s limited footprint. As the neighborhood is located in the Los Angeles International Airport’s flight path, the triple-glazed windows were selected to optimize both building and acoustical sound performance, largely alleviating noise pollution. Exterior venetian blinds will reduce UV, heat, and glare, effectively keeping the house cooler and comfortable.

The goal of healthy indoor air quality will be met by using a highly efficient heat-recovery ventilator (HRV).  Water conservation will be achieved with a motion-activated hot water delivery system. 

A ~4-kW (4000 watts) photovoltaic system, in combination with a solar water heater, will make this home net zero—or possibly plus—energy, reducing the utility bills for a lifetime. Additionally, a motion activated hot water delivery system will be utilized to improve water conservation. PARAVANT Architects is looking forward to routinely monitoring and verifying the building’s daily performance as further proof of the Passive House concept.

 

 

 
Location:
90066 Los Angeles, CA
No. of units:
1
Construction Type:
Type-V
Construction Cost:


TEAM

Owner:
Private
Architect/Designer:
Christian Kienapfel, PARAVANT Architects
Engineer/s:
PH Consultant:
Sylvia Wallis
Contractor:
Guillermo Delgadillo
Other:
Miscelaneous:


PREDICTED PERFORMANCE

METRIC VALUES

Treated Floor Area:
0 m2
Typical Calc. Area:
Exterior Walls:
0.000 W/m2K
Floor/Slab:
0.000 W/m2K
Roof:
0.000 W/m2K
Overall Window:
Window Frame:
0.000 W/m2K
Window SHGC:
0.00 %
Entry Door:
0 W/m2K
Ventilation:
0.00 %
Heating Source:
Cooling Source:
Hot Water Source:
Airtightness:
0.00 ACH50
Green materials:
Annual Heat Demand:
0.00 kWh/m2yr
Heating Load:
0.00 W/m2
Primary Energy Value:
0.00 kWh/m2yr


CERTIFICATION

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