Building in heat/cool/humid region
We are looking to build a new town home in Alexandria VA. According to the Passive House US site we are in the heat/cool/humid region.
We were looking to make as efficient a house as possible with an eye to price performance (construction cost vs time and energy savings vs investment. House is envisioned to be full basement with 3 stories above, each smaller than the floor below for a total area of 3000 sq/ft. We were thinking an ICF basement with 6" SIP walls, SIP roof, and panelized interior walls. We'll be investigating solar panels but won't be doing extreme items like ground source heat pumps.
Does this seem to make sense for our climate. Thoughts/ideas very welcome and desired.
Posted Wed, 05/28/2014 - 15:50
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