positively portland

February 14, 2014

skidmore passivhaus is featured in a new architizer editorial on new architecture from stumptown


read it here:  http://architizer.com/blog/portland-buildings/


fir coating

February 7, 2014

one of our smallest projects (to date) gets a spread in the feb / mar issue of gray magazine.


see more about the project here.


smart and simple

February 1, 2014

brian libby of portland architecture writes about his visit to the skidmore passivhaus:


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more news coming soon!


January 2, 2014


we’re excited to share that skidmore passivhaus is featured in the january 2014 issue of portland monthly magazine!

pick it up at your nearest newsstand.

you can also see an excerpt here:

An Eco-Chic Passive House

if you want more info visit us at:


skidmore passivhaus

November 15, 2013

there’s quite a bit of excitement in the air surrounding our skidmore passivhaus.  in addition to officially receiving passivhaus certification (PHIUS +), the house was awarded an earth advantage platinum rating and energy star northwest certified.

back in early october the house was featured on the aia portland’s design matters tour of exceptional homes, and was the only passivhaus on the tour.

a few weeks ago a 4.32kW PV system was installed on the upper roof which is expected to help the house approach net zero energy use.

inhabitat just featured the house on their website, and portland monthly magazine was on site this week to photograph the house for an upcoming issue.

we’re also excited to present a handful of new photos completed by local architectural photographer jeremy bittermann.

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drop us a line if you have questions, want to learn more, or just to say something nice.

you can also follow us on twitter @insituarch

check back for more updates soon.

beach house completed

November 13, 2013

We’re excited to share some new photos of the Oceanside Beach House. On a recent sunny fall day, Portland photographer David Papazian made the trip to Oceanside to shoot a handful of images. We think they turned out quite well. Let us know if you agree.









ph certified

September 28, 2013

we recently were notified by PHIUS that skidmore passivhaus is officially a certified Passive House (PHIUS +).


we look forward to sharing the knowledge gained on our first completed passivhaus and helping others create well designed high performance low load buildings.


cool green

July 23, 2013

more we now have a little patch of green lawn and some rusty planters to go with our deck.  summer is here.

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with the amount of high shgc glass on our south facade, it would be easy to overheat without proper shading.

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on the hottest days, we simply close our exterior shades to block unwanted solar radiation before it hits the glass.  the ability to fully control the shades means we can optimize the amount of gain or shade we are getting depending on the daily conditions.

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the shades can be tilted to  allow views out while still blocking the sun.  the cost of the shades was offset by the elimination of cooling equipment and the cost of the energy to operate it.

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the exterior shades combined with the exceptional insulation and thermal mass has kept our house exceptionally cool and comfortable without any air conditioning.

more detail to follow.  check back soon.



July 18, 2013

we recently performed our final air-tightness test at skidmore passivhaus with a result of .32ach at 50pa.

we are extremely pleased that our clear air-barrier strategy and diligent execution paid off.

here’s a snapshot of our final phpp #’s:

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there is no doubt that achieving passive house, particularly in our climate, is fairly easily achievable.  it does require smart design, careful planning, a contractor that understands and pays attention, and a healthy dose of persistence.  if you are ready to build one for yourself, drop us a line at info@insituarchitecture.net.

more pictures and info coming soon.

nearing completion

June 8, 2013

after almost a year of construction we are excited to say skidmore passivhaus is nearing completion.  it’s come a long ways since this.  here are a few recent shots of the interiors coming together.














more news, pictures, and the details coming soon.