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How does a Passive House handle floods?

...Houses may do fine, others may be severely damaged. You could get a home Passive House certified (PH) with a basement that has poor drainage and no sump pump an...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...house that received direct sun, and collected passive solar heat, and moved the water through the tubing to the areas of the house that did not receive direct s...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Where can I buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community near Seattle?

...house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community in the greater Seattle area, but don't see online where to do all this or how to start. Can someone g...

Posted by Marc von Borstel May 19, 2020, 10:19 p.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...house while the super insulated house cost more per month due to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim for the better built house with instant payba...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...house, did Legalett also build the Solar Air Panels to ensure a continuation of its closed loop system? In the last article about this latest demo house, it w...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...house is 2499 sq ft 1 story with 2 AC returns. 1 is located outside master bedroom and the other at end of hall on other side of house. Do you have any advice...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...house wrap house wrap / weather resistive barrier) as a drainage plane, then install siding with air space with vertical strapping , and finally the Hardie boar...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...House , but for a general opinion of whether or not it was worth it, I would say no, not really. That house wasn't about finding the proper balance of insulatio...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...house but on the lower end of the cost scale, check out our Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for ...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...house wouldn’t be anywhere close to Passive house in terms of either airtightness or R value. We would be happy to help but as is there are too many questions i...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...houses and RVs. For more design and building tips see this page - How to build a tiny house for cold climates You might also consider a dry composting toile...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...House ready prefab kit house s, these are available in your area. The LEED Platinum Kenogami house is an exceptional build and was our first demo house, but t...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...house in Thorne Quebec. I would like to renovate the house to its maximum potential including solar panels to be the most energy efficient and eco friendly hous...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...house: Its' in Northern Ontario , Canada. Atikokan to be specific. The house has a brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you add an Air Exchanger to a house with Hot Water Heat?

How could I add an exchanger to a house without existing duct work? Do you mean you have hot water radiant heating in your floor and you are asking if you shou...

Posted by Bob Engelhart June 17, 2020, 10:08 a.m. Ventilation 3 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

Hello, I'm thinking of mounting and awning or some sort of solar protection for my deck. I was to mount to the wall of my house but it's a passive home done wi...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...house insulation that will explain, including how Larsen trusses and cellulose were used on a Passive House. How to insulate the exterior walls of old homes a...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...house to Passive House standards, is there any way to get around building it exclusively with AC power systems? I would like to build it with at least the light...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses