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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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What is the best cold climate basement strategy?

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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Envelope air tightness sanity check

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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Asked By albert rooks | Feb 15 14
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Airtightness and mechanical ventilation

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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PHPP software level of difficulty

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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Single Story Passive Homes?

Is it possible to make a viable single story passive home? Most are two-story designs since you can fit more glazing on the south elevation with two floors.

The other question I have is can one find any "public domain" single story passive house designs to those who want a PH but can't afford to hire an architect to design one?

Asked By Peter L | Nov 23 13
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How did you connect the heat pump to the ventilation system?

I am building my own home in central Maine using a double studded wall with 8" of Thermax between the studs. My heating contractor says I can't connect the heat pump to the ventilation system.

- art

Asked By Arthur Taylor | Nov 24 13
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I need some help (advice on windows)

I'm in the process of building a new house. I am zone 6, I have the house orientated with lots of glazing on the south side.Trying to gain as much heat from the sun as possible. But i don't want to get cooked in the summer. I have external shading designed on that side. I have a R-20 under my slab, R-30 on my foundation walls, R-40 walls, and a R-60 cap. I am shooting for a .6 ACH at 50 pascals or less.

Asked By Kirk Nygren | Nov 21 13
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Passive Solar & Thermal Mass

On the southern facing rooms having an exposed concrete slab works better for passive solar than a carpet covered floor during winter. Can one have too much exposed interior concrete or in other words, is too much interior thermal mass a bad thing?

During summer, is it beneficial to put down a throw rug of some sort to keep the sunlight from hitting the concrete floor and warming it? (Of course besides the exterior overhangs and window shades)

Asked By Peter L | Nov 2 13
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High-solar-gain windows only on the south side?

HI

zone 4/5 border. southern exposure faces ocean.

do we need high solar gain (.47 SHGC - ALMOST qualifies for Canada zone C, even) in all windows or just the south facing ones? Low E 180 glass...

THX

PATRICK

Asked By pat rowland | Oct 30 13
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