HONEOYE FALLS, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Home improvement season is just starting to ramp up and one home in Honeoye falls is showcasing the ultimate improvement in home efficiency.
This "passive home" built last year received the highest rating in all of North America for it's energy savings out of more than 200,000 homes. Matt Bowers is the owner and also a certified passive house designer that saw a great opportunity for his own home.
Construction started in August 2015 and the house was completed in July 2016. Heating costs run anywhere from $10-20 during peak times of the year.
There are triple pane windows that were shipped in from Europe and walls more than a foot thick to make an airtight seal. Every inch of the house has been accounted for to prevent from any type of air leakage.
Most of the heat comes from large windows facing south. Air is then circulated through the building through an air filtration system that takes air from outside and cools or heats it according to personal preference.
"You don't hear anything so you don't know that it's actually on," said Bowers. Air circulates through the house every three hours, and that means no long lasting bacon smell, or anything burned in the kitchen that stinks, will not stink for long. It keeps the air fresh in the home, and warm on a cold day. "Heat's not running today and it's 15-20 degrees outside and the window's blowing," said Bowers.
The house is filled with LED lights and a $4,000 hot water heater that is controlled by a remote. Once the remote is pressed, hot water moves directly to the desired faucet to reduce waste.
Low flow sinks, showers, and toilets accompany the house. "Passive house in general is a more healthy, lower energy, and much more comfortable building than any other house currently on the market," said Bowers.
Any future home improvements, according to project architect Tim Burke, need to be low energy. "With the current incentives in place," said Burke, "There's an avenue to achieve ones goals even if it's incremental."
He says it is more important than getting those solar panels. "Pursuing passive building techniques is a solid first step," said Burke.
The house is located at 340 Quaker Meeting House Rd and is having an open house on April 1.
CORRECTION TO VIDEO: Tim Burke works for Young and Wright Architectural.
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