Christianson Passive House

  • ArchitectJan Fillinger, Studio-E Architecture
  • Construction ManagerCarl Christianson, G. Christianson Construction
  • ContractorWin Swafford, Resiliency Contracting
  • Green Building ConsultantRyan Shanahan, Earth Advantage

Christianson Passive House PDF

First Passive House in Corvallis, Oregon
Silver Medal Winner at the 2017 Annual North American Passive House Conference
PHIUS + 2015 Certified
PHIUS + Source Zero Certified Project
Earth Advantage Platinum Certified
Dept. of Energy Zero Energy Home
Energy Star v.3 Certified

As both the family living in this beautiful new home and the owners of a local construction firm, the homeowners wanted to be able to showcase their work to potential clients, as well as encourage other builders in the Corvallis area to aim for a higher level of sustainability as well.

The Contemporary Craftsman style custom Passive House that they built has a carbon footprint that is 5 times smaller than that of a typical house built in Oregon of a similar size. This footprint is even smaller thanks to a PV system that generates energy in excess of the home’s annual power needs.

12″ thick walls, enhanced with a 2” layer of sustainable cork insulation, exceptionally efficient windows and doors, PV panels, heat pump water heater, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, highest efficiency HRV system, and loads of natural daylighting keep the home’s annual energy bills to $0.0.

The house was built with the intent that it would be the owners’ forever home. A lot of thought went into the design to maximize the use of the space, by incorporating architect/author Sarah Susanka’s design principles, as well as some of the concepts developed by architect Ross Chapin. On the energy side, the Net-Zero home is constructed to last well beyond the owners’ lifetimes, with extremely durable finishes. The reduction of energy use that is inherent to Passive House design and construction made it possible to achieve net-zero energy through roof-mounted solar power alone.