Monthly Archives: June 2013

wall section moved to on site

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe wall section provided an opportunity for the architect, miche booz, and the wall fabricator, bruce jones, to discuss the construction and make refinements that would result in a more efficient build.

the wall section also serves as a check that the wall will be constructed to passive house derived requirements and that the windows will be installed to passive house derived requirements.

this is so much better than starting to build the wall for the house and then finding an oops. my thanks to bruce jones.

in back of the wall section is the house i am living in now. it will be torn down subsequent to the new build. very early in the project, the architect, miche booz, and the passive house consultant, michael hindle, and i discussed the environmental and cost impacts of renovating the existing home. we decided that it was best to go with a new home even from environmental considerations alone.

making a mock-up wall section


fabricating the wall section

to be sure the details were right, bruce jones fabricated a wall section. shown to the left is the wall section under construction at bruce’s factory









the partially finished wall section outside of bruce jones factory


a picture of the partially constructed wall outside of bruce jone’s factory







chases for electrical cables

feed-throughs for electrical cables

feed-throughs for electrical cables

the house will not have wall penetrations for electrical cables and will have only one penetration for plumbing

the roof will not be penetrated

the penetrations go through the footings and will then penetrate the slab. this should make for a more reliably air tight seal than wall penetrations. no roof penetrations will reduce the possibility of leaks

seeding to prevent erosion


disturbed earth under new grass

disturbed earth under new grass

one of the first disturbances to the property was the digging of three holes for perc tests. this satisfied howard county that there was sufficient permeable soil for three septic fields should the existing field play out. this left unprotected soil on the surface.

to keep the soil in place, i used recommendations from my landscapers and the epa’s developing your stormwater pollution prevention guide. i seeded the areas with annual rye grass.