Passive Solar SIP Home Grand Haven MI

Location: Spring Lake, MI

Project Information

Project Type: Residential, < 3,000 sq. ft.
Manufacturer: PorterSIPs
Builder: CL Construction
Design Professional: Allegretti Architects
Year Built: 2013


High Performance: No
HERS/EUI Index Score:
ACH50 - Blower Test Results:
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

Awards/Certifications: Building Excellence Awards, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, ENERGY STAR Certified, EPA Indoor AirPLUS

This 2014 project included 8” SIP roof with 4’ cantilevered overhangs, radiant heating system with natural gas boiler, passive solar design, low-e argon filled windows, and all LED lighting.

The exterior is designed to be maintenance free. There are site screen walls to reduce sand erosion and wind speed on the structure and promote no-mow / no-watering vegetation. Glulam beams with SIPs aid in speed of construction and provide sustainable material selection. Upper level 11’-6” x 1’-6” Low-E thermopane clerestory glass panels between the floor glulam beams provide illumination and visual connection with the exterior.

80% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles of site. The garage is insulated and placed on the northeast side to reduce heat loss and air infiltration. A solar screen porch is located at south end of the living room to moderate solar gain and provide the potential of a future conversion from a screen porch to a three-seasons room or winter garden.

Designer: Allegretti Architects

Builder: CL Construction

Manufacturer: PorterSIPs, division of Porter Corp


  • 8-inch SIP roof with 4-foot cantilevered overhangs
  • Radiant heating system with natural gas boiler
  • Passive solar design
  • Low-e, argon-filled windows
  • All LED lighting

Affiliated Members

Porter SIPs, division of PorterCorp
Holland, MI


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