Omena Residence

Project Location

Omena, MI



Lessons in Passive Design Building

There is much wasted energy and money on home temperature control, but thoughtful building design can be the solution. Danny Forster & Architecture set out to build a home that uses minimal energy. He decided to use the principles of Passive Design to help the Michigan-based Omena House reach target sustainability goals.

Solidifying the Building Envelope

The building envelope is the first layer of an energy-efficient home. When heat escapes in places it shouldn’t, a house can’t retain heat forcing occupants to run the heater and waste energy. The architects chose a vertical cedar façade to insulate the Omena House because the cedar material simultaneously protects the home from excessive heat gain.

Thermally Efficient Glazing

The architects would need opening windows and glass doors to intake air and bring light into the home, however, glass exterior systems are notorious for leaking heat. They found a solution in the NanaWall SL70 folding glass wall system because of its outstanding thermal performance. The system includes a thermally broken aluminum frame, specialized weather seal gasketing, and, this specific system has, a higher weather performance thermally broken sill.

Danny Forster & Architecture selected double glazed, argon filled, Low-E glass to complete their high thermal performance system. The system reaches U-Values of 0.32 and prevents heat from escaping the building.

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