Our work has been featured in several articles and magazines highlighting our pioneering approach to Zero Energy and Passive House construction in our extreme climate. Keep in mind that some of the articles are from third parties and contain some technical discrepancies.
By Bruno Grunau, PE
This is an independent study of the passive solar home built by REINA’s Owner/Builder Thorsten Chlupp. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center monitored the performance this superinsulated home that features innovative, high-efficiency building and mechanical systems, and has a super-insulated foundation, integrated heat storage system, and an open wall design—without a traditional vapor barrier—allowing vapor to diffuse through the wall. Sensors were placed in the wall to record temperature, relative humidity, and moisture accumulation in the walls for 13 months. Thorsten’s home demonstrates that buildings in subarctic climates can perform well without traditional heating systems, and it presents an innovative alternative for high-efficiency construction. To read the full report, click here. Or, to read more about Thorsten Chlupp’s Passiv Haus certified home, click on REINA’s Projects web page.
Alaska Home Magazine published an Article in the fall of 2011 about the Sunset Roost Home (built in 2009): Sunset Roost Home - Living off the grid and outside the box
This article was published by Green Building Advisor highlighting the SunRise Home. Note that the editor never contacted Thorsten for technical clarification. GBA: A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid Climate
More and better information can be found in the evolving discussion about the project at the GBA forum: The SunRise Home.
An Article about the REMOTE wall system which Thorsten Chlupp published in the 2009 in the Journal of Light Construction magazine. Installing Exterior Insulation in Cold Climates
More up-to-date information about this wall system can be found at REMOTE: A Manual - Cold Climate Housing Research Center