The First Passive House in the South

A narrow 1/7-acre site dictated long, thin form and compact footprint of architecture professor Corey Saft's new Passive House. The 17-foot-wide by 50-foot-long building draws on the local camelback shotgun vernacular, but eliminates the dropped roofline in front of the traditional camel's hump to accommodate the interior program.

The Passive House, occupied by three of Saft's architecture students, bounds the street edge of the Safts' property opposite their existing house, creating a central courtyard for family recreation and play.

Architecture professor Corey Saft, LEED AP, sited the long, thin house on a 1/7th-acre strip of land adjacent to the street bordering his property, providing a buffer against traffic. The local camelback shotgun vernacular provided a starting point for accommodating the project's program.

The house's interiors are open and spacious thanks to the modified camelback shotgun form, which Saft extended to provide an 18-foot-tall ceiling and a loft overlooking the main living area and kitchen.

Another view of the open living area.

The house's single-pitch, metal-topped roof accommodates a 3.24 kW thin-film photovoltaic system that offsets the energy demands of the small mini-split air conditioning unit and mechanical systems.

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