At the initial consultation we’ll go over the general layout and design of your home as well as discuss your build budget. We’ll look over the lot and it’s orientation to gather information on how to best position the home for maximum solar gain in the winter and shading during the summer months. We’ll educate you on the Passive House principles and how it will apply to your home.  We’ll listen to your wants and needs so that we can create a schematic design that meets your needs, wants and budget.
Phase 1 – Schematic Design After our initial consultation, we’ll draw a schematic design with floor plans and front and rear elevations .  This is the phase in which we take the information we discussed in the initial presentation and begin to create the home that meets your aesthetic as well as practical wants/needs.  Design emphasis will be placed on achieving your space needs, overall budgetary requirements, Passive House requirements and aesthetics.

Phase 2 – Bid Documents.  Once you approve the initial schematic design, we will begin with more detailed plans.  The goal of the bid documents is to provide enough information to generate a realistic estimate of the project. Documents and design criteria can still be revised at this point to address budget issues.  Preliminary solar shading analysis will be completed by Consultant. Site specific conditions (such as grading conditions, septic designs, and approximate residence location on site) will be completed and may involve the use of third party consultants.

Phase 3 – Construction Documents  At this phase we finalize bid documents into full permit and construction drawings as well as apply for Passive House pre-certification. Emphasis will be placed on materials, methods and construction details.   We will assist you in the selection of items such as appliances, HVAC, ERV and domestic hot water heater, Solar P.V and more.

Phase 4 Construction Administration  After final permits are acquired and construction commences, we will assist you and the builder (when neccesary) with the construction process.  Emphasis will be placed on your wants/needs and budget during the construction process, educating the builder and contractors as neccesary for quality control .  Phase 4 includes site visits during key phases of construction to ensure contractor is building according to the building plans, specifications, PHIUS criteria and municipal code criteria.   We will also coordinate with the third party rater to ensure PHIUS standards are met.