It’s surreal when you come to the realization that you want to move back home to the small town in which you were raised…
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FREE BEER! . . . Come take a look at the most comfortable digs in the great, cold state of Montana. And drink some free beer while you’re at it (if you come on Saturday)! I’ll be on site for informal tours from 9-6 Friday-Sunday, plus we’ll have a guided tour covering the house and the basics of High Performance construction on Saturday at 11:30 (this is where the free beer part comes in 😉😉😉). Address to use for directions is below. It’s the big black house on the left before going through the gate, can’t miss it. Link is also in my bio. Type 5829 in the search box at the top and then click Details towards the bottom of the next page . . . 93 W Palisade Basin Dr Red Lodge, MT . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive #iphopendays
Cold climate moisture recovery . . . ERV or HRV in a cold climate? I’ve heard a number of debates on this in the past, but the two pictures show why you want an ERV in a cold climate. Pic 1: We’re currently bringing 19 degree air at 63% relative humidity into the house. It is passing over the ground loop preheater, where it warms up by 26 degrees. This warming drops the RH to 24%, pretty dry. Pic 2: It then enters the heat exchanger and is warmed up another 18 degrees or so (by the outgoing air) before ultimately entering the living spaces of the house. We have an ERV, so we’re also transferring moisture from the outgoing air to the incoming air. This can be seen in the RH increase to 37%. Had we were to have an HRV, the RH of the incoming air would drop into the mid teens, which is really dry. The outside air during winter in a cold climate is super dry, so you don’t want to pump it directly into your house. You want to recover as much of the moisture as possible being generated from inside the space, and this is precisely what an ERV is capable of doing. This will keep the indoor space nice and comfortable all winter long . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive #humidity #buildingscience #relativehumidity
Zehnder ComfoFond-L Q . . . ComfoFond is fully operational. This unit preheats the outside air before it enters the ERV whenever it is below freezing. It consists of a small pump, a fin-and-tube heat exchanger, and a long run of pex buried 4-6 ft underground. It utilizes the heat of the ground to warm up the outside air. The antifreeze used in the system is a slightly diluted Cryo-Tek 100. There is a Sensorpush sensor located in the ComfoFond inlet as well as 4 additional Sensorpush sensors located in each of the chambers of the ERV. These sensors allow us to track the long term performance of the ventilation system and can easily help diagnose any issues. Last pic shows the current performance of the ComfoFond. The flow rate was low (41 cfm) at this time, so that helps the numbers, but the ComfoFond was warming 7 deg outside air to nearly 46 degrees. At a more standard flow rate (115 cfm) it was increasing the temp by 33 degrees. Now guess time for anyone who has read this far - how many watts does this unit consume while in operation (no looking at the spec sheet for hints)? . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive #ventilation #heatrecovery #erv #zehnder #antifreeze #sensors #data @sensorpushtech @zehnderamerica @zehnder_group_ag
High performance, airtight, properly insulated construction is where it’s at! . . . Just starting to get a sense of what a Passive House feels like. We’re not even living in the house (so little, to no, internal heat gains - i.e showers, cooking, etc.) and the comfort is remarkable. Tiny little Hearthstone Craftsbury stove provides all of the heat needed to keep the entire place comfortable. Very excited to get moved in over the next couple weeks . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive
Butcher block countertop . . . Got this big ol’ hunk of wood to its final resting place. It came from Armani Fine Woodworking in Denver, Co. 100” x 44-1/2” x 2-1/2” white oak with the Rubio Monocoat finish. Used the 30” Stealth braces from Fast Cap to support the overhang. Braces were really easy to install and create a really solid support for the countertop without having to see any corbels or support legs. . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive #kitchen #countertop #oak #island #wood #finishing #butcherblock #butcherblockcountertop @rubiomonocoatusa @armanifinewoodworking @fastcapllc
Efficient ventilation . . . Screen shot of the Zehnder Q450 status page on the Zehnder app. Ignore the air stream names under Temperature & Humidity because the unit hasn’t been commissioned so it still thinks it’s in a right hand configuration. Outdoor Air is actually the air being extracted from the inside, Exhaust Air is the supply air being pumped into the house, Extract Air is the outside air coming into the unit, and Supply Air is the air being pumped outside. So we’re basically using 70 deg air to heat up 38 degree air to 65 deg. All while consuming a ridiculously low 40 watts. Pretty awesome. We’ll have the ComfoFond running at the end of this week with @sensorpushtech sensors installed in each air stream, so let the data collection begin! . . . #beartoothpassivehouse #beartoothph #beartoothphcc #redlodgepassivehouse #highperformancehomes #montana #redlodge #myredlodge #passivehouse #passivhaus #runwildbuildpassive #erv #ventilation #heatrecovery #zehnder #efficiency @zehnderamerica