Ezra Builders is setting a new standard in Northern Arizona for sustainability through Passivhaus design. As a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Tom has been trained by the certifying and training authority of the United States, the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). He has had a direct involvement in two of the completed passive house projects in the Portland, OR area. At the Karuna Passive House, he acted as one of the Quality Control personnel during the insulation phase. Spending more time in the field at the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House, he worked on the structural framing, air barrier install, door and window install. Through his exposure and experience he believes the passivhaus (passive house) standard is one of the few ways to truly build sustainably and is setting out to do just that.
Indeed, all three buildings on Gift and Peterman’s 30-acre site were developed to maximize repurposed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainably harvested, and durable materials. Prime examples are cabinetry and a floating staircase’s treads, both of which are made from a black oak felled by a windstorm on the site four years earlier. That material melds poetically with recycled steel beams, natural plaster surfaces, and kitchen countertops recycled from the lanes of a former bowling alley. Similar combinations are seen outside, with cement-fiber panels and corrugated metal juxtaposed to recycled cedar barnwood siding that reveals patina, graffiti, and barn paint.