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First Passive Housing Standard Apartments in South Dakota

The new Copper Pass Multi-Family housing structure is almost complete and ready for residents in September 2018. This housing development is making headlines for meeting International Passive Housing Standards. These standards take energy efficiency to a whole new level. Passive Housing Standards are the world's leading standard in energy efficient construction. The Passive Housing Standard stands for quality, comfort, and energy efficiency while delivering superior levels of comfort, and protecting the building structure. Below is a brief description of the criteria.

  • Space Heating Demand not to exceed 15kWh annually OR 10W (peak demand) per square meter of usable living space
  • Space Cooling Demand roughly matches the heat demand with an additional, climate-dependent allowance for dehumidification
  • Primary Energy Demand not to exceed 120kWh annually for all domestic applications (heating, cooling, hot water and domestic electricity) per square meter of usable living space
  • Airtightness maximum of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure (as verified with an onsite pressure test in both pressurized and depressurized states)
  • Thermal Comfort Thermal comfort must be met for all living areas year-round with not more than 10% of the hours in any given year over 25°C*

For a more detailed description follow this link.

This design is a byproduct of years’ worth of planning and design. Architects spent weeks learning about Passive Housing Standards in order to become certified. These standards go far beyond what local and state governments require. For example, the entire building is wrapped in extra insulation from floor to roof and windows are triple paned and should feel just as warm as the walls.

This project will be an experiment in the world of architecture. A second building will be built using traditional energy star efficiency. Both developments will be equipped with monitors to track and report energy efficiency to see if the savings are worth the extra building costs.


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AIA members: Must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW hours annually.

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