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Passive House video — Episode 2

Watch “Airtight Mudsills,” the second episode in a series of videos on the theory, design, and construction of a Passive House in ­Falmouth, Massachusetts

Built to meet the world’s most rigorous standard for energy-efficient construction, a Passive House uses about one-tenth as much heating energy as a similarly sized older home. This feat is accomplished by carefully harmonizing countless design and construction details. At the time of this writing, just 71 houses have earned the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) certification.

Watch the video above; read the companion Fine Homebuilding article at right; and then join the conversation with the designer of this house, Architect Steve Baczek.

Over the course of the next several months — as each new issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine is released — this collection of articles and videos will cover:

Passive House design

Airtight mudsills

Superinsulated slab

Double-stud walls and insulation

Windows and doors

To watch Episode 1 of this video series, click here.

Built to meet the world’s most rigorous standard for energy-efficient construction, a Passive House uses about one-tenth as much heating energy as a similarly sized older home. This feat is accomplished by carefully harmonizing countless design and construction details. At the time of this writing, just 71 houses have earned the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) certification.

Watch the video above; read the companion Fine Homebuilding article at right; and then join the conversation with the designer of this house, Architect Steve Baczek.

Over the course of the next several months — as each new issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine is released — this collection of articles and videos will cover:

Passive House design

Airtight mudsills

Superinsulated slab

Double-stud walls and insulation

Windows and doors

To watch Episode 1 of this video series, click here.

One Comment

  1. George Hawirko | | #1

    Mudsill Follies
    Those problems mentioned in the clip, are redundant if the builder uses Structural EPS "Geofoam" for constructing the entire basement. Not only will you get SUPER INSULATION, but you avoid almost every problem associated with moisture.

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