When many first hear of the Passive House blower door test requirement of 0.6 ACH at 50 Pascals of test pressure, the first thing that comes to mind is the difficulty of designing and executing air barrier details that deliver this. They may not stop to consider how this level of air tightness impacts the […]
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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 […]
On NESEA’S BuildingEnergy course Passive House Design course discussion board…
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 […]
Calculating heat loss, and designing for minimal heat loss, is absolutely critical to designing and building net zero energy home or to passive house standards.
Watch this 26 minute video lesson, from Marc Rosenbaum’s Zero Net Energy Homes course to learn about how to design buildings with minimal heat loss. If you need to learn how […]