The first Poem Home is under construction in Spring Green, Wisconsin (Sept 2018-Sept 2020).  It’s a super-insulated, passive solar, 1208 square footprint home with the following features:

Mechanical & Thermal Envelope

  • PV solar panels sized to offset a year’s energy use
  • all-electric and fossil-fuel free
  • ductless air-source heat pump (mini-split)
  • ductless heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • super-insulated Marathon hot water heater
  • Water-Sense rated plumbing fixtures
  • radon mitigation system
  • 12″ thick double 2×4 wall with dense-pack cellulose R-45
  • 24″ deep roof truss with vent channel and dense-pack cellulose R-80
  • concrete slab on foam insulation R-20
  • blower door tested to airtightness 0.38 ACH@50Pa

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  • 1048 sf interior area
  • master bedroom with en suite bathroom, curb-less tiled shower
  • second bedroom with adjacent bathroom, curb-less tiled shower
  • streamlined kitchen with generous base cabinets and long countertop
  • spacious living-dining room with 12 foot wide patio door
  • vaulted ceilings
  • locally milled rough-sawn loft
  • custom built-in wardrobes



  • future screened porch
  • semi-attached 2-car garage
  • standing seam concealed fastener steel roof
  • natural finish wood siding
  • cement board siding
  • arbor/pergola shade structure
  • Marvin fiberglass windows R-3.7


  • native stone retaining wall
  • vegetable garden
  • windbreak and shade trees
  • prairie garden
  • in-ground gutters with option for rain collection
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