Passive house / Discussions

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 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

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 you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...house build we did put small pieces of FlexxBand tape on the sheathing where future nail holes would go, if that is the source of your concern I would apologize...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...Passive House well-designed, Low-E coatings would be a big part of that solution. They will help reflect heat back in during the winter and help reflect heat ...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 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 options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...Passive 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 hous...

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

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...Passive House and LEED ready prefab homes here , a few of which are oriented for passive solar heat gain, so maybe something there will meet your needs. Here ar...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 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

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 elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...Passive House performance with you home then you may want to look into such a kit, below is an image of a Passive House slab under construction with 14 inches o...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...passive house , and designing a home for passive solar heat collection will keep your energy costs at a minimum and also help it stay warm in the event of power...

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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...Passive House spec without it costing a dime extra overall" house next year in Northern Minnesota as we will then be fitting PV solar panels to bring it to zero...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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 3 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

What would be the best house design financially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovatio...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide between having a basement vs. a slab. The house will be around 3000 f...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...passive heating . The house is certified LEED Platinum but also meets Passive House l evels of performance (and then some), but it does go beyond what we cons...

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