Looking for feedback on passive solar design and building enclosure
I'd appreciate any and all feedback on this set of plans. We know the house is too large and are planning to work with our architect and possibly an energy modeler to help "shrink" it. I also think we're a little heavy on South-facing windows. Anyway, I would like to hear thoughts from anyone who has some advice for us. I've also attached a recent bid I received on heating and cooling. My goal is to push our heating and cooling needs way down with better insulation, windows, and air-sealing. This bid is WAY over our budget and it seems like overkill. I'd like to have an independent energy model created for us to evaluate the different building enclosure elements.
We are in Omaha, NE. The house is for a family of five. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Posted Mar 2, 2011 12:42 AM ET
Edited Mar 2, 2011 12:43 AM ET
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