Passive House Northwest

← Back To Journal | Article Posted 2020-01-15 15:00:09

Sam Rodell Architects is featured prominently in the recently published book Passive House Northwest 2016, including several projects recently completed and currently underway and a brief overview of the firm:  

"The work of Sam Rodell Architects is characterized primarily by thoughtful attention to the client and the site. Passive house design and certification is simply presumed for any project that involves mechanical systems for space conditioning. For Sam Rodell, the firm's principal and a Certified Passive House Consultant since 2012, Passive House design has become a fundamental baseline expectation, similar to how good hygiene is an unquestioned and unquestionable expectation in a restaurant.

This embedded standard has been a strong draw for clients. The firm has become a Passive House advocate in the Spokane - Coeur d'Alene region and beyond, with a wide range of residential and commercial Passive House projects completed and in various stages of design or construction. Their 58-bed Sunshine Health Facilities resident building received top national honors last year from the Passive House Institute U.S. as an institutional certified passive house project.

Rodell's leadership has ignited a growing interest in Passive House training among a number of builders across the Pacific Northwest. Their clients universally sing the praises of life in high-performance buildings. Maren Longhurst, who joined the firm in 2013, is also a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a budding WUFI geek extraordinaire."

Download the pdf version of Passive House Northwest 2016 here.

Sam Rodell

Sam has been practicing as an award winning architect for over thirty years, the majority of which of which he has also built his client's projects. This blend of experience balances the powerful artistic and theoretical interests of architecture with the pragmatic understanding of construction only available to highly experienced builders and architects.   He is currently licensed to practice architecture throughout the western United States and Canada, and is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) which expedites registration in other states and provinces. He is the only Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) architect in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Maren Longhurst

Maren manages a busy schedule in our studio as a licensed architect. She is particularly interested in high performance architecture and building science, using site analysis along with three dimensional thermal and spatial modeling to design beautiful, efficient buildings that perform reliably, elegantly, and simply. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is a Certified Passive House Consultant, certified LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment) professional, and a WELL Accredited Professional (a credential that signifies knowledge in health and wellness in the built environment and specialization in the WELL Building Standard). Maren is also on the Passive House Northwest board of directors.