Located in, Summit Park, Park City UT lies one of the most efficient houses in the country. The Summit Haus – designed and built by Chris Price of PCD+B, is an exploration in design and construction of advanced high performance housing. Seeing a rising demand for sustainable housing along with rising Carbon emissions leading to global warming, this house strives to show that sensible, good design can create spaces adequate for today’s housing demands while adhering to strict standards. The house was designed to meet the very rigid Passiv House rating system – 90% more efficient than a typical home in the area.
The challenge with this project consisted of an incredibly steeply sloped lot, with only partial yearly solar access. The house was intended to have the smallest energy footprint as possible. With such low energy goals, the building envelope, and in particular the Zola Thermo uPVC windows, were extremely important to nail down.
Photographer Information: Douglas Burke and George Oakley