canada-passive-house-rammed-earth-huntsville-ontarioLocated just outside of Huntsville, Ontario this will be the first Certified Passive House Rammed Earth project. James Blackman is the owner/builder of this inspirational building who is the co-founder of Tapial Homes, specializing in high performing Rammed Earth construction. This project is pushing the boundaries of natural, foam-free construction. The walls, roof and slab will be insulated with Roxul, and Foamglass will provide the thermal break below the interior Rammed Earth wall.

STANDARD Passive House
LOCATION Huntsville, ON
TYPE Attached Single Family
YEAR COMPLETED 2015
PROJECT TEAM
PH CONSULTANT Stephen Magneron (Homesol Building Solutions)
smagneron@homesol.ca
 DESIGNER/BUILDER James Blackman (Tapial Homes)
james@tapialhomes.com
www.tapialhomes.com
 STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Tim Krahn (Building Alternatives Inc.) built.alternatives@gmail.com
http://www.buildalt.com/
LIVING AREA 2,269 ft²
HEAT DEMAND 15.9 kWH/(m².a)
HEATING LOAD 8,500 BTU/hr
COOLING DEMAND 1.4 kWh/(m².a)
PRIMARY ENERGY 80 kWh/(m².a)
AIR TIGHTNESS At design stage
VOLUME 21,739 ft³
SLAB Concrete/Roxul R-57
ABOVE GRADE WALLS 6” RE/15” Roxul/8” RE R-66
CEILING Wood truss/Cellulose/Roxul R-120
VENTILATION Zehnder Paul Novus 300 Eff. 93%
WINDOWS Klearwall Eco-Therm 90+ SHGC = 0.61 Ug = 0.60 W/(m²K)
 
HEATING/COOLING TBD
HOT WATER TBD
RENEWABLES TBD