Modern Passive House & Barn: MPGhomedesign just wrapped up the design phase for a new Modern Passive House & Barn in Lincolnville, Maine on 4 acres of land by the sea. The look and feel of the home is pure Zen by blending a “Japanese meets coastal Maine” aesthetic. What’s more, by using the most advanced “passivehaus” technology, we ensure extremely low energy consumption needs – the way all houses will soon be built. Attached are our Inspirational Mood Boards for the exterior and interiors, as well as design plans and elevations. We’re excited to see this dream home come to life with an intent to design many more in Maine and beyond.
Definition of a Passive House: The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive homes use 90% less energy than standard homes. A similar standard, MINERGIE-P, is used in Switzerland. Passive design is not an attachment or supplement to architectural design, but a design process that is integrated with architectural design. Estimates of the number of Passivhaus buildings around the world in late 2008 ranged from 15,000 to 20,000 structures. As of August 2010, there were approximately 25,000 such certified structures of all types in Europe, while in the United States there were only 13, with a few dozen more under construction. The vast majority of passive structures have been built in German-speaking countries and Scandinavia.