Lema Passive House

An image of the exterior of the Lema Family home.
We love our new Passive House! It is incredibly cozy and comfortable. No more drafts; no more cold and hot spots. It is so quiet I cannot hear the school children during recess down the block until I open a window.

Chicago residents Corinna and Rodrigo Lema dreamed of finding a house that would represent the best practices of the green building movement. When they couldn’t find one, they decided to build it themselves. With the help of a green-focused project team, the Lemas now live in a certified Passive House, which uses just one tenth of the energy that a typical built-to-code home would. This is true even in the winter, thanks to a Hyper-Heating INVERTER® system from Mitsubishi Electric. Download the PDF below to read more. You’ll hear from the owner, architect, builder and contractor, and see photos of the home and equipment.

The Lema Passive House

Project Location: Chicago, Illinois
Completion Date: December 2012

Project Team

  • Owner: Corinna and Rodrigo Lema, Chicago
  • Architect: Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Builder: Weiss Building & Development LLC, South Elgin, Illinois; Biltmore Insulated Concrete, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Thermal Envelope Contractor: Eric Barton, Highland Park, Illinois
  • HVAC Contractor: Arrow Heating & Cooling, Inc., Batavia, Illinois

Mitsubishi Electric Equipment Installed

  • (2) MUZ-FE09NA Outdoor Units
  • (2) MSZ-FE09NA Wall-mounted Indoor Units
  • (1) PAC Simple MA Remote Controller
Product Category
Ductless Systems
Home Residence
Completion Date
December, 2012
Case Study Type
For Homeowners
Text Box Type
energy savings/rebates/efficiency
passive house

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