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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

Is the Saltbox Passive House a prefab house? Can we build this in the USA?

...passive house a pre fab house? Can we build this in the USA? The Saltbox Passive House is not one of our kit houses, sorry! But many of our models are, see all ...

Posted by jenny barrett March 19, 2021, 8:05 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...passive heating – Passive solar heating - how to warm your home with the sun Even if you put a floor covering on a concrete slab floor, you will still get t...

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

How do I find a qualified Passive House builder?

...passive house, but struggling to find a local builder excited about changing from his "go to" building style. To find a qualified Passive House builder in your ...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Feb. 18, 2021, 8:25 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...Passive House ready, and they are usually more affordable than site-built houses, so that is a potential option for you. You can see models here – LEED and Pa...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

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

...Passive House on the property and then work on converting the main structure (with a cement block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive h...

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

How do you install earth tubes for passive heating and cooling?

...passive solar, I would start here – How to build a passive solar home DIY video series . That covers everything from southern orientation, shading, insulation, ...

Posted by Nancy Arevalo Aug. 19, 2021, 1:08 a.m. Passive solar home 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

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

What is the most efficient passive home design?

Are styrofoam forms a good idea? To find the most efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing mate...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...passive solar basics – How to build a passive solar home The short story is, that if the sun is coming in your window you are getting some passive heat, sim...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 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 calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...Passive Solar Home Design If it's mid-September and you are calculating this now, does that mean you are still in the design phase or have you started buildin...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How much window area can i have in passive house?

...Passive House targets and performance standards or are you going for certification through a Passive House institution? A Passive House designer will be the one...

Posted by tony wolff March 4, 2021, 9:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

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

...passive heat gain, so you want the highest R-value windows possible to reduce heat loss. And remember that maximising your southern exposure for passive heat ...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

I plan to build in the spring of 2021 and the intention is to super insulate my solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is ver...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

We are looking to build a passive home in Gore Quebec and are looking for a builder to guide us through our best options for prefab materials / kits. All of th...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...passive solar homes. Thanks. Choosing windows carefully is a very important part of passive solar heating. But it has not been our experience that all window ma...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses