Salt Lake’s ‘passive’ house a model of innovative design, materials

For a so-called “passive” house, it’s a model of forward thinking. Salt Lake officials cut the ribbon on a Poplar Grove house Thursday that employs design and materials innovations that render it energy-efficient and quiet, yet affordable. The Emery Passive House highlights construction methods and systems that can greatly reduce the ongoing cost of home ownership and contribute to housing stability. It has no traditional furnace or central air. Still, it maintained a comfortable temperature on a near 100-degree day due to its smart design, triple-pane windows, sealed attic space and insulated basement slab. The house will operate on one-sixth the energy required to heat a standard home.


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