Sunday, 17 July 2016

Certified Passive House Casa Tortuga

Casa Tortuga's new welcome sign.
Five years ago we bought the piece of waterfront property we now affectionately call Turtle Falls.

Four years ago we started planning to build something. We had no idea what at the time.

Two years ago we started to build the house we call Casa Tortuga. We were striving for Passive House certification. It was a big leap of faith in an area where no other passive houses existed to help guide us on our journey.

We had 3 very dedicated men willing to help us achieve such a lofty goal. None of them had built a passive house before or had even heard of such a thing. They were meticulous in executing the details necessary to achieve passive house standards.

March 15th of 2016, we were notified that we had achieved Passive House certification.


The west end of Casa Tortuga...and the view you see as you drive up.
The south facing façade with enough overhang to keep the interior cool
during the hot summer days.

We still have landscaping to do. But we have the rest of our days to putz away at that. The kitchen designer is wanting to come by soon and photograph the you'll have to wait to see the inside until that has been done.

That's all for now. It's a gorgeous day here at Turtle Falls and I really would prefer to be on the dock than typing away at this computer.

More later,

Welcome to Casa Tortuga...
one of Canada's newest
certified passive houses.


Anonymous said...

Hello Casa Tortuga,
It's great news that you own a Certified Passive House, I really like the plaque:)
What have you two been up to now that its done?
We just returned from the Bahamas and really enjoyed out trip!!
Once again congrats to you and your guys on your great journey to certification.

Lee and Kim

Janet Hayes said...

looks fantastic!! that is quite an achievement. We really need to get out there and see the place!

love to you both!

Alex Chapman said...

Congratulations, Mimi! I've followed your blog with interest for some time now, and it's both heartwarming and inspiring that you guys have achieved your goal. Well done. Hopefully many more will follow.