Passive House Los Angeles (PHLA+)


Located in Culver City, a bustling suburb in west Los Angeles, near LAX, Marina Del Rey, the beach cities of Santa Monica, Malibu and close to Beverly Hills, Passive House Los Angeles (PHLA+) is the first newly built “Certified Passive House” in Los Angeles and among the first Passive Houses built in Southern California.

Passive House Los Angeles is a project designed by PARAVANT Architects, and is strategically planned to showcase the back-end technologies and benefits of the “Passive House Standard”, including home health, extremely high efficient energy use, and sustainable building practices. Additionally, Passive House LA is a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Home.

The idea behind this project is to educate and inform potential clients and interested parties about the benefits of Passive House; this home is one of the ideal prototypes for the rollout of “Passive House Building” in the Los Angeles/Southern California market. It will highlight significant energy cost savings and demonstrate home health benefits based on actual performance. Here visitors see and learn about “Passive House” performance and building standards.

Passive House LA is located on a duplex lot, infill site and is comprised of 1,750 Sq. Ft. of living area with an additional large deck area over the carport. Large windows provide sufficient natural light and a connection between indoor and outdoor living even with this home’s limited footprint. Exterior fully automated venetian blinds reduce UV, heat, and glare, effectively keeping the house cooler and comfortable. The entire building envelope including the windows, wall systems and insulation are combined to produce bottom line, significant energy cost savings not possible with conventional building practices.

The goal of healthy indoor air quality is met by using a highly efficient heat-recovery ventilator (HRV). Water conservation is achieved with a motion-activated hot water delivery system.

A ~5.4kW (5,360 watts) photovoltaic system with the TESLA Powerwall storage battery in combination with a heat pump water heater, makes this home net zero – or possibly plus – energy, reducing the utility bills for a lifetime.

For more information about Passive House please also visit Passive House California (PHCA) a non profit organization promoting awareness, understanding, and application of the Passive House standard through education, events, and advocacy.

Architect: PARAVANT Architects
CPHC: Sylvia Wallis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC
Engineer: Troyski Engineering
PH: Certiphiers, Tad Everhart, Christina Snyder & team
Marketing: KNB Associates
T-24: Avery Colter, Fard Engineers, Inc
HERS: Dav Camras
Photography: Fraser Almeida
Contractor: G. Delgadillo


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