Lowell MI House Tour – “Tightest Home around?”

Written by  //  January 27, 2012  //  Education and Events, Michigan  //  3 Comments

Sam Pobst has offered to host a LEED for Homes meeting and tour at his house under construction.

Sam is targeting a LEED Platinum House. He has incorporated many very efficient features. In fact, the recent blower door test came in at “0.26 ACH, the lowest reading the Green Rater, Mike Holcomb has ever had. ”

This house attempted Passive Haus certification but fell short. Many lessons are to be learned as to why it was not achieved.

MARK YOUR CALENDER if you want to see this stellar construction in process:

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Address & Info:

13691 Beckwith Drive NE

Lowell, MI 49331


Follow the project here http://sumacgrove.blogspot.com/

3 Comments on "Lowell MI House Tour – “Tightest Home around?”"

  1. Mike Buitendorp March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm ·

    Will the lessons learned as to why it did not achieve Passive Haus standards be published? Or if they have where can I find them?

  2. Brett Little March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm ·


    We have been filming the project from start to finish and working closely with the homeowner to get a case study out as well. A quick summary of why they did not reach PH.

    1. Windows. The windows to obtain the standard at the time were from Germany and had a 99 year back based on cost compared to other windows that would have performed almost as well.
    2. Because they decided to make it ADA barrier free and only make it a single story house they had some challenges meeting the criteria.
    3. Time it would have taken to complete certification process.

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