If you don’t floor plan properly, you will fail.
During this free 60-minute lecture, Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group and expert instructor at HeatSpring, describes how Passive House floor planning differs from conventional floor planning. Mike provides a background on the Passive House movement, presents examples of Passive House designs and floor plans, and explains why floor planning is critical for energy efficiency, cutting costs, and meeting the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements.
Thoughtful floor plan design can make the experience of living in the home much more enjoyable, reduce construction costs, and be a substantial asset in ‘making the numbers.’
During this free 60-minute lecture, Mike will teach you:
- Why orienting the long axis of the home to face South will save you money
- Why plumbing layout impacts DHW quality of service, Primary Energy use, recovery, and the challenges to optimization and implementation
- Some not-so-obvious reasons for orienting rooms with respect to the sun
- Alternatives to the suggestions in the floor plan to adapt the implementation of the ‘physics’ to the aesthetics and desires of your clients
- How to think ‘outside of the box’ with respect to floor planning
Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House related consulting services. Mike was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc. Zero Energy Challenge entry, and has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects, including two National Grid DER projects which qualified for the ACI Thousand Homes Challenge, Option B, the first National Grid DER to achieve Net Zero Energy operation, and the first EnerPHit certified home in the USA. Mike is a HERS Rater with Mass. New Construction program specializing in Tier III design and certification, a Building Science Certified Infrared Thermographer, a Certified Passive House Consultant responsible for the design and certification of the second Passive House in Massachusetts, holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UMass Lowell, and has two patents.
Looking to gain solid knowledge and skills for Passive House construction or consulting work? Mike teaches “Passive House Design,” a six-week advanced online course that teaches students how to meet the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House design criteria and make Passive House happen in the real world. Take a free test-drive of the course today. (There course is capped at 50 with 30 discounted seats.)