Tonight's guest speaker was Michael Chelnov, an architect who introduced us to the concept of a Passive House. These are highly efficient homes first developed in Europe to reduce heating bills and the carbon footprint of the structure. A passive house is characterized by massive amounts of insulation, high-efficiency 3-pane windows, minimal air leakage, no thermal bridges, orientation for both solar gain and protection from overheating, and a heat recovery and ventilation system (HRV) that exhausts stale, warm air from the home while extracting the heat from it to return to the incoming air. After the home is completed, a blower door test determines how efficient the structure is. An online brochure, "Passive House" is available from Habitat for Humanity - Vermont, where this technology has been used to construct Habitat homes.
The business of the meeting continued with:
- the Treasurer's Report from Tom Kennedy - $749.00 in the account.
- a nominating committee for officers will be appointed in November, for elections at the December meeting. Anyone interested in serving as an officer (Convener, co-convener, secretary, treasurer) should notify Dale Brady.
- Jim Guy asked if it would be possible to have purchases from The Farmer's Daughter delivered to SPH meetings to accommodate members who never get to Capon Bridge.
- A farm visit event is taking place in Berryville, VA on Oct. 24. Information is available on the SPH group Facebook page.
The next meeting will be November 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm for potluck and social time.
It was agreed this should be a "passion meeting", where we will talk about what topics and ideas matter most to us, how can we share it with people and what we should be exploring in the next year. Bring your ideas to this meeting