Course Outline

Introduction to Passive House Outline

  • Challenges Today – A world in environmental, health and social crises
    • Passive House drives architectural solutions
      • Energy Efficiency to eliminate carbon emissions.
      • Hygienic indoor environments to protect our health.
      • Ability to shelter-in-place to provide resilience
      • Deliver affordability to all people, not just the few.
      • Mitigate investment risk by future proofing the building.
  • History
    • The precedents
      • Vernacular in China
      • Norwegian explorer ship
      • Dutch, German, US and Canadian examples
      • Not passive solar.
  • A New Idea
    • 1990 first Passive House as research experiment
    • Discovered Passive House concept that aligns comfort, health and efficiency.
  • Decouples power and performance
  • Benefits of PH
    • Examples of health, resilience, affordability, enabling a green grid
    • Forces one to reexamine assumptions and rethink approach to design and building.
    • Re-engage the craft of building
    • Engage energy flows as a tool
  • Do we have the imagination it takes to see what’s possible?
    • Examples of towers in Vienna, NYC, Vancouver and Boston
    • Example of garment factory in Sri Lanka and affordable housing in the UK
  • Cost
    • Why Passive House need not cost more than conventional building
    • Tips to stay on budget.
  • Methodology
    • To achieve all benefits at cost parity or nearly so Passive House is also a pathway with clear goals and tools.
      • Certified Buildings
      • Certified Components
      • Certified Professionals
      • PHPP energy model
      • Information sharing
      • Global research
      • Global network of peers
  • Certifications
    • Classic, Plus and Premium Passive House
    • EnerPHit retrofit certification for existing buildings including step-by-step renovations.
    • North American Certifiers Circle
      • Be sure to certify and get what you expect.
  • Principles
    • Continuous Insulation
      • Suitable to the climate
    • Thermal Bridge Free Construction
      • Eliminating or reducing, calculating and measuring.
    • Airtightness
      • For highest efficiency, greatest comfort, best indoor air quality and least moisture damages.
    • High-performance windows & doors with solar protection
      • Part of continuous insulation and airtightness.
      • High performance provides occupant comfort without perimeter heating or cooling.
      • Solar gains carefully calibrated to avoid excessive overheating
      • Solar protection to dampen or avoid overheating.
    • High-efficiency heat recovery ventilation
      • Delivered throughout the building continually with 100% exhaust and heat recovery high enough to maintain comfort in challenging weather.
    • Heating, Cooling & Dehumidification
      • Demands are minimized but depending on where the building is may still be required.
  • Examples
    • Guest hotel in China.
    • Leisure Center in UK
    • Embassy in Congo.
    • Academic building in Australia.
    • Affordable housing in Philadelphia.
    • Musician’s retreat in Vermont.
  • Seize the power of buildings with Passive House
    • Deliver health & equity.
    • Build our zero-carbon future today.