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Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) and for Canada there is Passive House Canada and the Canadian Passive House Institute . This guide aims to describe the origins of Passive House certification , which can be accredited to a very futuristic Passive Solar heating design home built in the 197...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Passive House. Buildings certified to Passive House require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than an average building. The Bella Bella project was seen as an opportunity to put this change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...house that uses next to no energy. Passive House framing details © Construction Rocket Inc. PHI vs. PHIUS Passive House Certification PHI (Germany’s Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) have the same goals at heart, namely creating buildings that achieve a certain energy performan...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...Passive House: Modeled after the German Passivhaus standard, this certification program deals specifically with home design for passive solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventionally built home. This rating system is pretty much limi...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Desig...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. What is driving building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustaina...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal battery via Wikimedia What are phase change thermal batteries? T...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...Passive House and Zero Net Energy , though the trend was led by improving building efficiency in homes once constructed – better insulation , better air-tightness , more efficient heating , better internal air quality … which is a step in the right direction, but far from the whole solution to better buildings and home...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house that is 14°C (as these lovely people do) and you need to keep a fire going all day to warm it up, your house is not staying warm by itself. In reality, an Earthship in Canada is a predominantly passively-heated home that burns biomass and fossil fuels for supplimentary heat and power; it is insulated with foam ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Passive is better than active. Moving parts fail. We attribute these three conclusions to Rob Dumont, one of the designers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House built in the 1970s that inspired the original German Passivhaus / Passive House trend. Those were his words when asked to reflect on the home design he wa...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...Institute, Environmental Building News , Greenspec , and BuildingGreen . this is an excerpt of what he had to say about the Kenogami House, the rest can be found on the RDI website Ecohome's Kenogami House in northern Quebec was described by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute based in Brattleboro, Vermont,...