Pitney Passive House

Water Conservation

  • Low flow faucets
  • Low flow showers
  • Dual flush toilets
  • 100% on-site storm water management
  • Rainwater sub-grade infiltration system
  • Sub-Surface water infiltration 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


  • Earth Advantage (Platinum)
  • Passive House

The People

Owner: 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!

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