TideSmart Global is committed to investing in the future of the company, the community and sustainable building. The Viridescent Building was built as a symbol of sustainability in Maine and it’s the company’s hope that it will help push the state closer towards making the Passive House certification a state-wide building standard.
TideSmart Global partnered with the Portland-based architecture firm, BRIBURN, to ensure that all the standards and regulations to be Passive House certified were met. Each building material and design decision was carefully researched and selected to optimize energy efficiency.
The combination of BRIBURN’s expertise in sustainable design and TideSmart Global’s commitment to investing in energy efficiency, made The Viridescent Building a truly unique project.
The Viridescent Building is the first net-positive, certified Passive House (or Passivhaus) in the state of Maine. Being Passive House certified means following a rigorous, voluntary, international standard for energy efficiency in a building. Currently, there are a handful of net-zero buildings in the state. However, due to the design, The Viridescent Building will produce twice the amount of energy needed to sustain itself and therefore is net-positive.
Some of the sustainable design details include; triple pain/glazed windows, an insulated slab for the foundation, radiant heat, solar panels, low flush toilets, LED lights, a second electric car charging station in the parking lot and more.