Project Team

BuildingEnergy 16 Full Conference Green Company Manager Member

BuildingEnergy 16 Full Conference Green Company Manager Member


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Member Webform Results Access

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, licensed Professional Engineer Mass. Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). First hand experience living in a Certified Passive House.

Energy Consultant



Other Team Member

Other Team Members

Steve Baczek, Architect

Ratings, Awards and Recognition


PHIUS +, Energy Star Tier 3, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

Published References:

"The Big Green Fortress", Independent RI: May 1, 2015

HERS Index::

When the Hevenor family approached Steve DeMetrick of DeMetrick Housewrights about building their new home in Wakefield, Rhode Island, they already knew that they wanted a Passive House. This young family of four had purchased an infill lot close to the bike path, easily walkable to the grocery store and the local elementary school. They were looking to build an affordable new home, and liked the predictability that comes with building a Passive House—in many ways eliminating many of the big decisions that come with designing and building any new home.

Steve DeMetrick and architect Steve Baczek worked with the clients to design and build a simple three-bedroom, two-bath home which was builder- and supplier-friendly, using conventional and easily-available building materials. The builder-architect team worked closely with the clients from the beginning as an integrated team, and everyone on the project was committed to the goals of affordability and replicability.

The building features Schuco triple-paned windows and a finished concrete floor (beneath which lies six inches of foam with an insulating R-value of 26). Double-stud walls provide room for 12 inches of thermal insulation (totaling R-55). Blown-in cellulose insulation in the roof is calculated at R-92. By keeping the building’s shape simple, the team was able to complete the project for a total construction cost of $300,420, or $163.00 a square foot. As the first PHIUS-certified Passive House in Rhode Island, this project sets the standard for helping to bring Passive House into the mainstream.

Quick Facts


Location Wakefield, RI
Building Type Single family residence
Project Type Zero Energy Ready / Near Zero Energy
Basis of Performance Claim Verified, Zero Energy Program
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2.5
Conditioned Floor Area 1,804 sq ft

Energy Summary

Energy Data Type Verified, Zero Energy Program
Renewable Energy System Type(s)

PHIUS +, Energy Star Tier 3, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

HERS Index: 32
Net electricity usage (purchased) 5,523 kWh/year

Envelope and Mechanicals

Subslab assembly

Exposed concrete slab with 6" EPS.

Above grade wall assembly

Double Stud wall. 2x6 outer, 3" gap, 2x4 inner. 4" closed cell foam Lapolla Foam Lok 2000-4g, 8" blown in fiberglass.

Door Assembly


Air Changes per hour, ACH50 0.02 ACH50