Tim McDonald, an architect, developer, and builder for Onion Flats LLC in Philadelphia, received his Passive House certification nine years ago. When he started, designing a building to Passive House levels of efficiency came with several challenges. “It was from scratch in all ways,” he says. I had to think through the most effective way to design the thermal envelope, the air barrier and the weather resistant barriers. I had to figure out the details of how a window joined with the wall so that it not only shed water but maintained the air tightness of the thermal envelope.”
You've Got Creative Freedom
The Build SMART pre-built construction panels do NOT limit the design of the structure. Our standard components enable a wide variety of designs. Create a home or building to your preferred aesthetics – whether it’s traditional, transitional or modern.
If you've already got a design in mind or developed, we can work with it. If you are just getting started, we can provide easy-to-use design files with the Build SMART components pre-loaded to make your job eaiser.
passive house efficiency without the guesswork
There’s no more guessing about assembly air tightness, thermal bridging or COST. By using Build SMART components, designers can create high-performance buildings with the confidence and assurance of both quality and price. Just tell us the R-value you want and we’ll deliver a system that meets stringent Passive House standards and your client's budget.
full control of the exterior & interior finishes
Build SMART is a structural open wall system with continuous insulation and an integrated weather resistant barrier on the exterior. Once the shell is completed, exteriors and interiors can be finished to your design (just like in traditional builds).
Start Designing Your Build SMART Structure
Begin by downloading the files of our Build SMART components in your preferred format - SketchUp or REVIT.
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