TAOS Co-Housing development, Valverde Commons is seeing another Site-Zero-Energy passive House under construction. The CoHOUSE is the second such project that NEEDBASED has designed for the community. The typical attributes such aging-in-place or Universal design are incorporated within the design.
The primary thermal envelope utilizes AGEPAN THD, which is a very advanced yet simple wood fiber board distributed by the Small Planet Workshop in the Northwest. Using this material allows the wall ensembles to be vapor-open and reduces the use of petroleum based insulation products.
Zero-energy status is anticipated through the reduction of energy use, a simple solar thermal system that covers most of the heating and domestic hot water usage, and then finally a small solar PV system will generate the equivalent amount of energy that the building uses through out the year.