Starry Nights Farmhouse


Starry Nights Farm, an organic cattle farm in southern Wisconsin, requested a home in line with their sustainability goals. This timeless-looking but cutting-edge home features: *Passive House design, using energy modeling to optimize the thermal envelope and energy strategy; *Annual zero energy use through conservation-based design and a roof-mounted solar PV array; *Health promoting interior through minimized toxicity in materials and finishes, demand-controlled energy recovery ventilation, and natural light and materials; *Structural strength and durability through insulated concrete form (ICF) wall construction; *Resilience through backup power and pellet stove supplementary heating.

As a net-zero building, all power-heating, appliances, hot water, etc. are supplied through electricity, with their annual consumption calculated to be offset by the predicted production of the PV array.



Structural Engineer
Olympic Engineering


Energy Use
pEUI = 0, 100% reduction
Kenosha News, September 6, 2019, “Twilight Tour highlights sustainable park, farm”