Cowhorn House

A PAssive House Certified Residence in the rolling hills of the oregon high desert

Location  |  Applegate Valley near Jacksonville, Oregon

Project Type  |  Residential New Construction
Size  |  3000 sf

Completion  |  2016

Structural Engineering  |   Zac Blodgett
Passive House Consultant  |  Dylan Lamar
Contractor  |  Green Hammer

Landscape Architect  |  Lovinger Robertson Landscape Architects

Design Team
| Jan Fillinger, design architect; Erica Dunn, construction project architect; Alex Boetzel, construction project manager 

Certifications  |
PHIUS Passive House-certified,
Forest Stewardship Council FSC certified,
Earth Advantage Platinum-certified


Barbara and Bill Steele, owners of Cowhorn Vineyard & Gardens, a Biodynamic Demeter-certified estate winery and commercial farm in southern Oregon known for its award­ winning Rhone varieties, chose to build a new home that would reflect their passion and values. This modern, super-efficient house includes vaulted ceilings and triple-pane windows that frame vineyard views.

Jan Fillinger (working as Green Hammer’s in-house architect) designed a new residence with vaulted ceilings and quadruple-glazed windows that frame vineyard views. .

Built with remarkable precision and utmost quality, this house boasts highly-insulated and air-tight construction coupled with super-efficient heat recovery ventilation guarantees the exceptional indoor comfort and air quality.

16″ thick insulated walls, 24″ thick insulated floors and roofs; FSC-certified sustainable wood for all construction and finishes, and energy-efficient equipment, lighting, and appliances contribute to an outstanding house.

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