The RESTORE Passive House

Our expert Passive House team is offering this stock firewise Colorado Passive House design as a ready-to-go complete package for rebuilding homes in the Marshall Fire area. It will be built by Joubert Building, our certified Passive House builder.

The house is an elegantly simple two story house with a full basement and an attached garage. We have modeled it to meet the Passive House standard in different orientations, so it can be flipped or rotated to fit on your lot. It will qualify for the $37,500 Passive House and $10,000 “all electric” incentives offered in the Marshall Fire rebuild area, as well as a number of other discounts. It is an ultra-high performance alternative to other options for rebuilding that will be comparable in price to conventional construction.

The House at a Glance

3 Bedrooms plus Media/Guest Bedroom

3 Baths

Two-Car Garage

1,750 SF of living area on the upper two floors, plus an 850 SF basement = 2,600 SF total.

10′ ceilings on Main Floor and Upper Floor, 8′ ceiling in the basement.

Optional family room, bedrooms and bath in the basement.

Optional customization.

Main Floor

Main Floor. 850 (net) square feet, plus garage

Upper Floor

Upper Floor. 900 (net) square feet.


Full Basement, 850 (net) square feet. Walkout stairs up to grade are optional. Some options for this floor would be one or two additional bedrooms, another bath, a family room, workshop, storage, etc.


  1. dining
  2. kitchen
  3. living
  4. media room/spare bedroom
  5. bath
  6. mudroom
  7. two-car garage
  8. bedroom/office
  9. laundry
  10. bath
  11. bedroom with queen-size bed nook
  12. deck
  13. primary bath
  14. walk-in closet
  15. primary bedroom
  16. optional deck over garage
  17. basement
Looking back from the living area toward the kitchen and front door. Alongside the kitchen, stairs to the basement and open stairs to the upper floor. Media/Spare Bedroom on the right.

The Design

“Firewise” construction uses non-combustible siding and roofing, tempered triple pane windows, no overhangs, minimal exterior trim, and appropriate landscaping. See our presentation on passive house and fire in this video.

The house is comparable in cost to conventional construction utilizing prefabricated panels for speed and quality control. See the RMPBS visit to our Colorado Springs panelized passive house in this video.

Rigorous Passive House energy modeling and design specific to the Front Range climate

We took our design cues from Colorado mining vernacular architecture, a simple cross-gable form you might see in early 20thcentury Colorado small towns

While PV is not required for Passive House, the roof is optimized for solar systems sized to run the home and even for electric vehicles

The house offers many more possibilities for being outside than the former houses

The media/guest bedroom and an adjacent bath are adaptable for those with temporary or continuing mobility issues. It’s always good to have one bedroom on the ground floor.

Next Step!

We developed the Firewise Colorado Passive House house design specifically to meet the zoning of the Sagamore planned development in Superior, but the design can be built on other home sites in Superior, Louisville, unincorporated Boulder County, or elsewhere in the Front Range climate. If you are interested in having Joubert Building build this house for you, please click on the Let’s Connect button below and fill in our Google form. We’ll be in touch!

Follow the story of the Marshall Fire rebuild as a passive house with Andrew Michler and other advocates and families on the RMPBS special Colorado Voices: Building Back Better after the Marshall Fire