Dallas gets some big bragging rights today as the first internationally certified Passive House in Texas goes on the market. If you don’t know what that is, listen up and prepare to be impressed with this tale of two men’s vision to bring a new building standard to the state.
The Northwest Dallas house at 3846 Lively Cir. is 3,230 square feet on two stories. For the past several weeks, the air conditioning as been at 71 degrees and the heat at 69. Lights were burning bright, appliances were buzzing, and people were walking in and out as the property was prepared for sale.
During all this activity, the house’s electricity usage has averaged $1 a day, about 90 percent less energy than a comparable structure built using standard techniques, says builder Connor Fagin, who with his father Kyle Fagin, owns Fagin Partners.
“The Passive House originated in Germany and results in ultra-low energy usage,” said Connor. “We’ve got 14-inch thick [exterior] walls, an 18-inch thick roof, and even when we have a sharp temperature change outside, it takes about 24 hours for the heating or cooling system to have to turn on inside.”
Built as a spec home, this Passive House uses leading-edge materials and “green” technology to create a comfortable, beautiful dwelling.
“This is a high-quality, well-made house — but it’s just a house if you don’t know anything more than that,” said listing agent Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “But then you find out it’s the best of the best in Texas, something one-of-a kind, and it [creates] a whole different level of appreciation.”