I have had my eye on the passive house concept for the better part of a decade now. Essentially, builders are able to achieve unprecedented energy savings and occupant comfort using extremely tight building envelopes combined with high levels of insulation.
The content marketing team at Houzz put together a great overview of one of the hot buzzwords in the built environment these days: Passive House. Here is an overview: Unlike LEED, the Passive House standard does not require that you use natural or recycled materials. Certification is based on energy performance alone. Not only do … Continue reading Introduction to the Passive House standard by Houzz
Richard Defendorf, writing at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, announces the newly launched independent forum for all things Passive House in the US. While the forum will offer a lot of resources, one thing it won’t offer is fuel for the fire involving Passivhaus Institut and Passive House Institute US. Members of Passive House California, Passive House New York, … Continue reading American Passive House Network – a resource for news, project ideas, technical expertise
The enlightened building scientists that contribute to GreenBuildingAdvisor.com have been publishing numerous articles and reports weighing the pros and cons of various insulations. Based upon their research, the site has brought attention to the fact that spray polyurethane foam (SPF) uses petroleum-based blowing agents that are believed to contribute to global warming. Passive House Institute … Continue reading Passive House Institute U.S. reconsiders endorsement of spray polyurethane foam
The Passive House (formerly Passivhaus) standard is a bold and intriguing approach to reducing the energy usage associated with residential construction. After breaking away from Passivhaus-Institut in August of this year, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) has decided to kick things up a notch, as it were. Now, the organization is requiring what they refer … Continue reading Passive House Institute US Incorporates Quality Standards to Certification Requirements