It all started with an intense infatuation with natural building methodologies and real estate investing. The thought that a person could build sustainably with nature and experience freedom off any grid, superior indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and extreme comfort. We then learned the science and methodology of Passivhaus, which challenged every building principle we thought we knew. Our sights are now set on helping others accomplish their visions where architecture meets science to produce extreme performance, comfort, and health.
In 2010 we were fortunate to have energy-conscience clients, and the Passivista was created! We tried all the products available on this proof of concept home, and are now Distributors for those hard-to-find solutions we've truly come to believe in, including our new Rocky Mountain Window. We are now working to complete our second residential passive house project in Colorado, the Traveler's Rest, soon to be on tour.
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A member of your team, as much or as little as needed . . .
MainStream adds to the sustainable design, management, and build process by providing the energy target, which far exceeds most rating systems energy reduction goals. Capturing energy loss is one of the easiest ‘low hanging fruits’ of green building as it is not technology-based or mechanically dependent. Loss-less design requires team energy, craftmanship, and a shared vision. We accomplish loss-less design with a tool box of constructible solutions and calculated identifiers to help assist owners, property managers, architects, builders, and investors to create cozy livable spaces for healthy humans. By livable we mean quiet and peaceful, natural lighting in all rooms and constant fresh air. There are no drafts in our buildings or sensible convection currents. We're talking ventilation that REALLY works in the kitchen and bathrooms, and balanced comfort that is attracting thousands of new home owners, builders, and municipalities to instigate the Passive House high-performance building standard.
Our Proof of Concept home, the Passivista, operated with less than $1,400 in 2013!
We've analyzed a full year of utility data on this 3688 SF home, with a hot tub added in June . . .
MainStream was able to consolidate the useage data for the Passivista for the year of 2013. The gas useage accounts for the tankless hotwater heater and the 36 kBTU stove, and totaled $347 over 12 months. The electricity totaled $755 and water $283 for the same time period while adding a hot tub and laying sod in the spring. The overall total for 2013 is $1,386 including all service fees and taxes from the utility companies.