Passive House


Passive House has been called the ‘ultimate energy efficiency standard for buildings,’ and is gaining popularity as more are in use.

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Leaders in High Performance Building: A Passive House in Vermont

At HeatSpring, we celebrate innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings…
Our Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway was created for those who have helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building. Entrants could submit a photo of their high performance project(s).* The photo could show the entire high performance […]

FREE Lecture: Passive House – Less Energy and More Comfort

Enroll in ‘Passive House: Less Energy and More Comfort’ today!
In this free lecture, James Bill cites several examples of Passive Houses and the comfort and efficiency these structures provide.

Bill discusses the “FRAM” by Fridtjof Nansen (this first crew spent 3 years in the Arctic aboard a Passive House vessel), the “J Wood House” in Sebastopol, the […]

Building Codes, Efficiency & Passive House Principles On Existing Homes

On the Passive House in the Real World (with Mike Duclos) discussion board… 
Takeaways:

Homeowners looking to incorporate Passive House principles in existing buildings should consider getting a home energy audit. Still, after a home is built, serious energy reductions (say 50% to 90%) become very expensive.
Attic insulation adjustments and window treatments offer more immediate fixes toward energy efficiency.
Electricity is typically our dirtiest fuel, […]

Free Tool: Water and Hot Water Usage Estimator

Download Andy Shapiro’s FREE Water and Hot Water Usage Estimator!

This tool is used in Building Energy Analytics: Measuring and Understanding Building Energy Use course, approved for 10 AIA LU/HSW Credits , 15 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs , 6 GBCI credits (CE Hours for LEED Professionals)
This spreadsheet calculator has a very simple calculator at the top right, based on typical […]

3 Reasons to Rethink Crawlspaces in Passive House Design

On NESEA’S BuildingEnergy course Passive House Design course discussion board…
Takeaways:

Typically, Passive Houses do not feature crawlspaces (a foundation that is five feet or less, and fully enclosed — or, not vented to outside) because:

If the thermal boundary is at the home’s foundation walls, there is the added cost of the foundation wall and slab insulation.
At a minimum TFA […]