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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council hosts passive house talk

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What: Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Passive House talk

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Creekside Cafe and Grill, 131 11 St.

Cost: Free, $10 donation is suggested

— A comfortably heated home with exceptional air quality and low energy costs is the goal behind passive house design.

While initially more expensive to build than a conventional home, a passive house utilizes passive solar design, super insulation and mechanical ventilation to ultimately create a space that most homeowners say is worth the extra initial costs, said Todd Collins, a passive house products expert.

Collins and builder Erik Lobeck will give a talk about passive house design from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Creekside Cafe and Grill, 131 11th St.

Hosted by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the event will begin with networking from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and presentations will begin at 6 p.m.

A $10 donation is suggested, the event will include light snacks and a cash bar will be available.

“The objective behind passive house design is to reduce the energy required for heating by 90 percent,” said Collins, who sells passive house products like high performance windows, high performance sealing and mechanical ventilation systems though his company, AE Building Systems.

Collins said the designs greatly reduce energy costs, while also providing high levels of comfort and better air quality inside the homes.

“It’s a tremendous increase in comfort,” Collins said.

Monday evening’s presentations will include an overview of passive house design by Collins and information about projects in the Steamboat area by Lobeck, who works with residential design firm WorkshopL.

Lobeck helped design and build the Diagon Alley home, featured on Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s 2012 Green Building Tour.

Although the standards for passive homes were developed in Germany, many of the ideas came from studying homes in the United States, Collins said.

The passive house movement is picking up interest more and more in the U.S., and Collins, who was trained in the concepts of passive housing in 2011, said he frequently reads about the concepts in building blogs and websites.

The event is targeted toward anyone interested in learning more about energy efficiency and high performance buildings.

For more information visit http://www.yvsc.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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