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Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
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 Passive House design across the globe. Here is a presentation Harold recently gave on the Saskatchewan Conservation House, which he has graciously allowed us to republish. His contributions to the building industry are immeasurable, read his full biography here . ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

First, the background to this Passivhaus My partner and I are geeks. Our idea of a romantic dream was to build a house so well insulated you could heat it with a hairdryer. For added fun, we wanted to do this on a tight budget while raising a young child. The hairdryer part wasn’t a pipe dream – it’s a common way ...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...PassivHaus certification 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, although the concept of Passive Solar Homes was pioneered in Saskatchewan in the 1970's by Harold Orr . In 2010, a passive house from Austria ...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...Passivhaus certified. 0,3 ≤ SHGC ≤ 0,6. Choosing windows based on home orientation When you start shopping in the area of high performing windows bear in mind which direction they face , as you will be entering the realm of Low E coatings (Low Emissivity). This is a metallic film that is applied to window...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Passivhaus, top points for energy efficiency of LEED V4 platinum, a slew of recycled materials and excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House would be a main contender. But we acknowledge it's really hard to say; there are so many variables and criteria to consider. Eidelweiss is a simply ...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
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 appreciate the value of doing it right and want to participate. Work with suppliers in achieving our budget while maximizing awareness of how we selected their prod...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Passivhaus / Passive House trend. Those were his words when asked to reflect on the home design he was part of that started a global movement towards extremely high-performing homes. The less complicated and more ‘passive’ your home is, the better the chance it will keep doing its job. Solar panels, heat pumps and ot...

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

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 they call earthtubes, and ventilation openings in the roof. In the Earthship Seminar 2009 video, Reynolds speaks of 'ventilation without heat loss' in winter, ...

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 following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The ac...

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 excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House by EcoHome is a firm contender. It was after all the first home in Canada to be awarder the Le...

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

Building a Passive House that's also LEED certified This is an owner blog EcoHome posted following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as they built a home in Abercorn, Montérégie, Quebec. Setting the bar about as high as you can, they targeted both LEED certification...