Our second project in this Co-Housing development – Taos New Mexico
Co-House really represents the next generation of sustainability for me. In-fill Elder housing using Passive House construction with Universal Design. Aging-in-Place or designing for flexibility expands the application of sustainable design beyond materials and energy.
This 2,000 sqft house uses AGEPAN’s THD for exterior walls and an INTELLO air-barrior for all ceiling air-barriors. This has allowed us to eliminate all EPS insulation exempt for under slab applications. The wall and roof thermal envelops are now vapor open.
The project is being constructed with a simple solar thermal & DHW system that is anticipated to provide a 94% solar faction for DHW and 98% solar fraction for all heating. The cost of this system is $23,000 installed.
The use of the latest generations of BIM (Building Information Modeling) software for generating the construction documents has proved invaluable for communicating complex ensembles to contractors and subs. The ability to take ensembles apart has increased understanding, thus reducing either underbidding or overbidding. The materials take-offs are allowing us to accurately estimate materials quantities at early design stages and simplify the contractors estimated process.