Solar Decathlon Team, Habitat Break Ground on Passive House Duplex

Empowerhouse will start life as a Solar Decathlon entry before being shipped a short distance away where it will become part of a duplex.

This rendering shows the modified version of the home, which will be a duplex.

A view of the two homes as seen from the backyard.

A model of the project as seen from the street.

A model of the duplex as seen from the back.

A floor plan of the duplex.

Instead of traditional studs, the homes will feature I-joists to create a thicker cavity for the cellulose insulation and to minimize thermal bridging.

The fiber-cement exterior cladding will be installed as a rainscreen with an airspace for better ventilation, moisture management, and to help the building stay cooler.

The home under construction in New Jersey.

The triple-glazed windows will have an R-value of 7.

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