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Superior site for Sullivan’s first Habitat ‘Passive House’


April 14, 2011

Michael Chojnicki, left, Stephen Stuart and Dick Riseling consult a Solar Pathfinder to assess the solar qualities of the site where Sullivan County’s third Habitat for Humanity (HFH) house will be built in Fallsburg.

The device revealed perfect solar radiation gain on the well-drained, mostly level property, making it ideal for the proposed photovoltaic rooftop panels and for a garden. Several diseased trees will need to be removed, along with a stand of invasive Japanese Knotweed.

The River Reporter is following the progress of Sullivan County’s first HFH house being built to “Passive House” standards, which set a very specific—and very low—operating energy budget for homes or buildings constructed to those standards. For more information, see www.riverreporter.com/issues/11-03-17/feature.html.