Bethesda Home Proves Passive is The New Green

Last week, Bethesda residents had a chance to talk to solar experts and discover methods that would help reduce energy consumptions in their own homes. Now they have the unique chance to visit a home for sale that employs all those functions, and then some, right in their neighborhood. And the first open house is tomorrow…

This true “Bethesda Green” is not the seductive home that turns green upside down…this passive home, located 4717 North Chelsea Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, in the Glenbrook Village neighborhood is the first in the area and one of roughly 20 in the country. I’ve included the property listing information below – or learn more about the passive homes.

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The Passive Home Defined

“The Bethesda Passive” & What is Passive?”It’s described as an extremely insulated, “virtually air-tight” building that uses solar
methods to generate and contain heat. Rarely will the resident need to use an air
conditioning or heating system, but if at all, the machinery would need to be no
larger than a small heat pump. The system also increases the quality of the indoor

The 5bd/4 and a half bath works solely on natural resources. Its 4,300 square
feet transcends over three floors and a basement, built in a simple, traditional
American “foursquare” manner. The design cost eight percent more for Peabody
Architects, the team behind this home, to build in comparison to a regular home. But
the price, due to the home’s credibility, is significantly lower over the lifetime of the
home than its average counterpart.

I found it interesting that the hard costs for the build was only 8% higher than a comparable “traditional build”. If this number is truly “close”, it’d still take years (sorry, don’t want to do the math right now), but it would “pay out”…and with rising energy prices, there’s already “future value built” for resale.

Architect David Peabody, AIA, LEED says the homeowner of this passive house will save from the moment the first payment is made. As energy costs rise, homeowners will continue to pool their money into financing their home, rather than operating it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention :-), the projected average monthly energy bill?…$70. Find more information about the passive home at