Starry Nights Farmhouse

WHEATLAND, WI

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.

Completed
2020

 

Structural Engineer
Olympic Engineering

 

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