Architect awarded Passive House designation

Joseph C. Zimmer, sole proprietor architect, was awarded the designation of Certified Passive House Consultant from the Passive House Institute U.S.

Passive House establishes the lowest energy demand framework of any building standard in the world. Meeting the standard means maintaining indoor comfort without a traditional heating or cooling system.

The designation attests to the ability to skillfully balance energy gains/losses and design of building envelope, mechanical and other systems. The minimized energy demand combined with continuous filtered fresh outdoor ventilation results in the most efficient, comfortable, healthy and durable buildings where owners and occupants enjoy the lowest lifetime cost of ownership. The standard may be applied to residential, commercial or industrial buildings, retrofit or new construction.

Joseph Zimmer is a licensed architect in Illinois and Wisconsin and an International Code Council Certified Building Official. His architectural practice specializes in custom, high-quality residences and small commercial buildings. He also offers commercial building and energy conservation code consultation to building owners, contractors and fellow architects. Offices are in Rockford (815-965-7105) and Lake Geneva, Wis. (262-275-9091).

From the March 7-13, 2012, issue

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