The frame of a Passivhaus may not be as exciting as the thick layers of insulation, the high-tech mechanical systems, or the triple-glazed windows, but it plays a very important supporting role in achieving success. Every component of the framing package in this house was chosen with care and for a specific reason. The exterior Zip System sheathing provides airtightness, the double-stud walls and raised-heel roof trusses are a cost-effective means of supporting or containing above-average levels of insulation, and the open-web floor trusses easily span the open floor plan and provide plenty of room for the many ducts necessary for the Zehnder ventilation system and supporting mechanicals.
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:
Framing for Efficiency
To watch Episode 1 of this video series, click here.
To watch Episode 2 of this video series, click here.
To watch Episode 3 of this video series, click here.