Pitney Passive House

Pitney Passive House

Pitney Passive House – Green Features

Water Conservation


  • Low flow faucets
  • Low flow showers
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Rainwater sub-grade infiltration system
  • 9,000 gallon rain catchment system

Energy Efficiency


  • All LED lighting
  • Electric car charger
  • 5.2 K Pholovoltaic Solar Array
  • Airtight envelope
  • R-54 Walls- 13 inches
  • R-40 Insulation- 10 inches of dence-packed fiberglass
  • R-70 Attic- Blown in fiberglass
  • R-60 Floor- 12 inches rigid insulation under 4 inch thick concrete
  • Offset Studs In Double Wall- minimizes thermal bridging
  • Shade Sails on the south side exterior for summer time
  • Henry’s Blueskin VP 100- airtight/ weather tight
  • Double Latching Doors
  • Intus Triple Pane Windows- R-7.7, U-.08

Sustainable Materials


  • Infill lot within walking distance to local amenities
  • Recycled paint from Metro Paint
  • Sustainably Harvested Cork Flooring
  • Reclaimed lumber from former house (ca. 1937)

Indoor Air Quality


  • No carpeting
  • Radon mitigation system
  • Zehnder ComofoAir 350 Heat Recover Ventilator



  • NetZero
  • Passive House

By The Numbers

By The Numbers

.51- Air Changes per Hour (most construction is 4-5 ACH)

35,000- gallons/yr of rainwater utilized 

1- Passive House in McMinnville, OR (so far!)

10- minute walk to downtown

$0- Spent on an electricity bill for their home and electric car

150- passive home tour or video premiere attendees

The People

ico_peopleOwner: Debbie and John Pitney
Project Manager: John Mead
Designer: Matthew Daby
Passive House Consultant: Scott Kosmecki
                         Verifier: Ryan Shanahan
                         Photographer & Videographer:Ryan Ao
                         Neighbors: The Ham-Fam!

In The Press

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The Tour