Fireplace in a Near Passive House
We will be totally renovating our 150 year old house with passive house standards in mind, so air leaks are the #1 priority. As if this isn’t difficult enough, we have a fireplace in the living room with a nice looking brick chimney on the outside. The chimney has two flues to also accommodate the furnace in the basement. We will be removing the furnace during the renovation.
So what do I do with this fireplace? I know they make operable caps for the flue that you can open for fires, but I’m guessing they don’t seal very well. I suppose I could install a gas unit but they have exhaust vents as well.
What do you guys suggest?
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