“Building a passive house was the best decision we ever made”

Arlene Harris writes on the Irish section of The Times website about the positive aspects of having a passive house. What is your experience?   Passivhaus concept isn’t a load of hot air Parents of teenagers will recognise how irritating it can be when their children take long showers and use up all the hot … Continue reading “Building a passive house was the best decision we ever made”

Two main methodologies for assessing the energy performance of new homes find much in common

It seems that a long-running dispute between the Passivhaus community and other green homes experts here has been resolved through a detailed piece of technical research which has compared the two main methodologies for assessing the energy performance of new homes. It would appear that the two sides are not as far apart as they … Continue reading Two main methodologies for assessing the energy performance of new homes find much in common

North America needs to give priority to net zero passive houses

Natalie Leonard gives a good argument on the Bloomberg Environment website why North America needs to move towards net zero passive houses.  This is a good read for everyone.   INSIGHT: Net Zero Passive Houses Are Answer to Housing Energy Efficiency The building sector accounts for 50% of all energy used in North America but … Continue reading North America needs to give priority to net zero passive houses

London planning first school built on Passivhaus design principles

Plans are underway for a school in London to be build following the Passivhaus approach. Jess Staufenberg explains about recent developments on the Schoolsweek website.   Passivhaus schools claim to reduce energy costs by 80 per cent The first secondary school to use energy-saving Passivhaus design principles is set to be built for the Harris … Continue reading London planning first school built on Passivhaus design principles

The benefits from a passive house project in Oregon

Passive houses are gaining interest globally. There is a growing understanding that we have to seriously reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings. Christine Serlin writes an excellent account on the Affording Housing Finance website about the benefits from a passive house project in Oregon.   Oregon Passive House Project Lowers … Continue reading The benefits from a passive house project in Oregon

Momentum building for passive buildings

More and more we read about passive buildings. Also, the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive calls for nearly zero energy buildings and they will soon be mandatory. Nicholas Falkoff writes a very good article on the Boston Agent Magazine website. It is good because it spreads awareness of the benefits. What do you think … Continue reading Momentum building for passive buildings

The passive house concept is gaining acceptance

As global temperatures reach record highs, developers of cool, energy-efficient houses are in demand. Paul Miles provides an excellent article in the Financial Times in advance of the the 20th International Passivhaus Conference that will take place on April 22 and 23 in Darmstadt, Germany.   Divine insulation: passivhaus architecture The period between 2011 and … Continue reading The passive house concept is gaining acceptance

Developments in retrofit metal roofing

The Steelworks website from the American Iron and Steel Institute writes about retrofit metal roofing that helps heat and cool buildings, produces electricity for the grid, and harvests rainwater. Is this the way of the future?   High Tech Roofing Brings Energy Efficiency to Department of Defense The nation’s largest energy user, the Department of … Continue reading Developments in retrofit metal roofing

Assessing the benefits of passive houses

Sheri Koones writes on AOL’s real estate pages on the growing trend towards passive houses. While it started in Europe, the interest is growing globally. The 'Passive House' Path to Extreme Energy Efficiency With the growing cost of fuel, increasingly stringent home construction codes, and scientific evidence that we must reduce CO2 emissions, many architects, … Continue reading Assessing the benefits of passive houses