Nelson Labbe, October 2016
Building this very energy efficient home was a major effort for everyone involved, especially for our architect Peter Henry.
After designing the house to superinsulated and energy-conserving Passive House requirements, he spent time every week during construction to meet with the contractor and sub-contractors to alert them about nuances in the design and to review their work and answer questions as they came up. Nuances included things such as 6 inches of insulation under the basement slab, using gaskets to air seal under the sill plate, using special tape to seal all sheathing joints and penetrations, calculating the actual heating and cooling loads, designing an energy efficient ventilation system, specifying energy efficient triple pane windows, and specifying multipoint locks on all door to ensure a good air seal around each door. Those are just a few of the many energy efficiency details. Even though the house is completely powered by electricity the monthly energy bill is zero after the addition of 18 solar PV panels.
The many windows convey much natural light to the interior all year long while the design minimizes heat from direct sunlight during the hot summer months. The indoor air comfort of this house is truly amazing. No drafts or cold spots during the winter in this house. No hot spots and no high humidity during the summer. The ventilation system provides continuously filtered fresh air.
The two story space of the dining room is the center of the house and makes it a special space. On the exterior the wide roof overhangs and trim details give the house nice character.
Peter has provided dozens of tours of the house to local county officials, Passive House people, students and the general public in an effort to promote energy efficient and resilient construction.
Jane Hilder, October 2016
We did an addition on an existing older house to get a larger dining room, a garage, study and sunroom. We were very pleased with how well this architect listened to what WE wanted. He asked good questions and was able to make constructive suggestions, showing us on his computer what three possible iterations were that sounded like what we might want. That made it pretty easy to choose from the options. We ended up excited about the plans he came up with, and now very happy with the result. It cost a bit more than we initially wanted to spend, but we made those choices because we were so pleased with what we were getting.
Alison Sigethy December 2016
My husband and I live in a little historic row house. I've always loved the house, but it just felt too tight.
We hired Peter with the idea of doing some basic modifications. While he said he could do that, he suggested a more major modifications that totally transformed the house. (His ability to get maximum use out of every little space is amazing.)
We went with the larger plan, and couldn't be happier. The house does not feel small at all now! Peter is easy to work with, has a great since of space, and is incredibly thorough. Highly recommended.