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PassivHaus is a standard of construction that yields extremely tight envelopes and low energy use.

The PassivHaus Institute is in Germany, but we have a branch here in North America as well, Passive House Institute US

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Hello everybody. First post -- just signed up. Great site. I live 30 minutes north of the Twin Cities and I'm looking at building a passiv type haus. I've found the land I'm building on (10 acres) and have somewhat of a plan for the building.

My wife and I want to build a barndominium. Looking at 50x70 total with 30x50 two stories and 40x50 shop. I have a general idea of how I want to build but alas I am newb and was hoping for some insight with the pros on this site.

Thanks again and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Asked By Ryan Picha | Apr 1 14
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Not a question... just voicing my sadness at the news of Dr Feist closing the PHI.

It seems that "Wolfgang has left the building" albeit for one that has no interior volume and therefore no heating demand. Below is a quote from the announcement in Building Green. At least there is good news.

"Founding Sphere House Institute
Feist is turning his attention to a new project, he says, involving solid cubes of rigid insulation he has dubbed Sphärhäuser. The Sphärhaus Institut (SHI) promotes three simple metrics for its cubic structures, explained Feist:

0.0 m2 interior space

Asked By albert rooks | Apr 1 14
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I'm building a home in the central part of Arizona (Sedona) in about a year. I'm currently under contract with a designer who appears to have some comfort and knowledge with Green/LEED design and is excited to design my home around these principals. He is somewhat reluctant, however, to give me names of builders he would recommend. I suspect this is because he doesn't wish to alienate any with whom he regularly works.

Is there a listing of builders in this area that are experienced with Green/LEED building principals?

Asked By scott schroeder | Mar 31 14
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We are building a new home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, about 20 miles south of Rapid City. The floor plan is nearly finished. The home is a ranch style with a partially finished walk out basement. There is a small loft area for an office above the mudroom/ laundry/ pantry. There will be about 4,150 sq. ft. finished. The home will face due south.

Asked By Tom Hanke | Feb 15 14
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Designing a "Contemorary Industrial Passiv Ranch Haus" for DIY build in SW Colorado (CZ6B). Working through data entry in PHPP now and I know the one level elongated ranch style is sub-optimal for PH design. It's 2250 ft^2 (OD) with conc. slab and shed roof. Floor/ceiling/wall envelope area is 6982 ft^2 and volume is about 25789 ft^3. An optimal PH two level cube would have envelope area of 4531 ft^2 and volume about 19125 ft^3. I'm over that by 154% and 135% respectively.

Asked By Chuck Jensen | Feb 15 14
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Announcing PHnw 5!

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Thursday March 29th: Advanced Classes (limited seating) https://www.phnw.org/100/32/phnw-5-pre-conference.html (class info coming soon)

Asked By albert rooks | Feb 15 14
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What is the limit point, in terms of airtightness, that a residential retrofit needs mechanical ventilation (with heat recovery)?

Asked By ilais igoumenidis | Feb 2 14
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This is kind of an interior design question, but I am wondering what people's experience has been with these inswing windows? Specifically in living rooms and bedrooms wherein the inswing of the window can cause problems with furniture placement.

I am tempted to place windows at 36" high in living room/bedroom areas simply due to ease of furniture placement. If it's that high (and wider to compensate), it won't ever hit the back of a sofa or end table or whatever. Ditto for bedroom furniture such as a nightstand, desk, or dresser.

Any lessons learned would be appreciated.

Asked By Lisa O'Donnell | Jan 5 14
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There are a couple consultants in my area with whom I plan to speak and I was wondering if part of the consultant training includes learning this program and how good/proficient is one out of the gate? I would like to have calculations done for my 'near' passive house and need to know how experienced someone should be with this software? Is it crazy difficult? I've seen many questions about the software and its challenges and one consultant said it's 30ish tabs on an Excel document.

Asked By Lisa O'Donnell | Jan 5 14
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We are looking to do REMOTE wall construction on our new house located in S.E. Michigan. Currently drawn as 2" exterior rigid foam, but 3" will probably be the the correct amount to use. I plan to use Bituthene as the WRB, not sure if anyone can recommend any alternatives? I really like Bituthene's low perms and low cost, but I assume that asphalt products aren't all that green....

Asked By Eric Burhop | Jul 31 13
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