Passive House certification / Discussions

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge that would make me wiser when choosing architects and contractors. I don't...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...passive house standards. I'm finding this aspect the hardest. Any suggestions or referrals would be greatly appreciated. The fiberglass and passive house window...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...Passive 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...

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

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...Passive House performance levels (though we didn’t go for Passive House certification, it's actually a LEED Platinum house ), but it helped get our air leakage ...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...houses for sure, especially those that meet LEED or Passive house performance levels . As for the one that you mentioned, nothing stands out as being particul...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...certification programs such as Passive House will have higher standards than building code and will require that you add a slab vapor barrier, and to achieve LE...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...Passive House certification . It is a matter of laying a tube around the perimeter of the home (below frost-depth, or below the slab or below the skirt insulati...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...Passive House. I'm aslo planning to build a house, not necessarily up to passive house standards, but as green as economically possible. For the exterior wal...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...Passive House certification - as having an official certification for your new home has been shown to increase it's value in the future. Finally, to address t...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...Passive House , you can for sure trim that down. In some areas, achieving Passive House Certification allows you to bypass normal building codes, so your locati...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...Passive House ’ or ‘ LEED ’. Those are green building certification programs , so even if you don’t want to pursue one, finding a builder that has built a Passi...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses