This very cool infographic from Julie Torres Moskovitz just showed up. Here’s what she has to say about the Tighthouse that’s featured in her book, The Greenest Home.
We feel its important to talk about how the Passive House projects (or any project) is performing energy-wise so that we can improve upon it and share information so that ours or others future projects can be improved. Here is our summary of why looking at energy performance is important:
This is a Brooklyn rowhouse constructed in 1899 and retrofitted to the Passive House standard—the strictest energy standard in the world. Energy monitoring this home allows us to record the building’s energy consumption over time. Monitoring systems can measure total energy consumption and consumption by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, hot water, appliances, etc). This monitoring serves several key benefits:
— Allows the occupants to understand how their behavior directly influences energy consumption.
— Serves as a diagnostic tool if the energy use is higher than predicted.
— Allows architects, engineers, and builders to understand how their designs are performing. The data provides a clear picture of what is and isn’t working and helps strategize for energy-efficiency improvements on future projects.
Diagram design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll
Fabrica718 and ZeroEnergy Design commissioned WSDIA to create these infographics from our 12 months of performance data on the Tighthouse project.