CALIFORNIA MCM RE-ENVISIONED: PH IN WARM CLIMATES

Our May Project Showcase presentation by Graham Irwin will explore the remodel and Passive House retrofit of a Mid Century Modern home in Sunnyvale, California. The project leveraged a decade of Passive House best practices and detail development in California, along with numerous high-value architectural approaches. The formerly cramped, uncomfortable, dark, and noisy home is now filled with glare-free daylight, connected with the landscape, and constructed to meet the world’s highest standards for health, comfort, quiet, and efficiency. The clients’ utility bills now average $20 per month, including the charging of two electric vehicles. The builder was awarded awarded local, regional, and national Platinum Green Building awards for the project by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.)

Graham Irwin, AIA, is the principal of Essential Habitat Architecture, a northern California based design firm dedicated to modern, high-performance homes that meet passive building standards. Graham was one of the first Passive House Consultants trained in the US, as well as a founding board member of the Passive House Alliance (PHAUS) and Passive House California. His firm has worked on numerous single-family, multi-family and commercial Passive House projects throughout California and the US, including the first certified Passive House in California, the first certified Passive House retrofit in the US, the first certified multi-unit Passive House in the US, and first certified PHIUS+ Source Zero project in California.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 17th at 9am PT / 12pm ET and will be followed by a lively Q+A session.