Passivhaus / Guides

B.C.’s First Passive House
Passive House

B.C.’s First Passive House Opens Its Doors for Public Viewing on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

...PassivHaus standard originated in Germany in the late 1980’s and currently boasts over 30,000 certified buildings around the world, with 16,000 in Germany alone...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...Passivhaus, top points for energy efficiency of LEED Platinum V4 because of the extensive use of mineral wool insulation, a slew of recycled materials and excel...

Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...Passivhaus certified. 0,3 ≤ SHGC ≤ 0,6. Choosing windows based on home orientation When you start shopping in the area of hi...

The Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house

...Passivhaus, top points for energy efficiency of LEED, a slew of recycled materials and excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House wo...

Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...PassivHaus standards for energy efficiency if proven to be cost efficient. Assemble a team of highly skilled journeyman trades craftsmen and women that appr...

Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

Passive solar is so aptly named because there are no wires, panels or batteries and nothing to break down. It's just about design, and it isn't a new concept. ...

Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance Passive home design
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...PassivHaus program that started in Germany and spread across the globe. Here is a presentation Harold recently gave on the Saskatchewan Conservation House,...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

Passive-Aggressive House

...Passivhaus ” standard, credits the Saskatchewan Conservation House for its inspiration. So some Canadians do wear a proper winter coat. Or maybe that’s jus...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Passivhaus. They are also mandatory in some regional building codes, but they are not found in Earthships. Instead, an Earthship gets ventilation through what t...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The follo...

Passive House
Passive House

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

This is the first in a series of owner blogs we will post following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as the...