Passivhaus 101: Sustainable Architecture from the Inside Out
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A version of this article appears in the Summer 2017
issue of Home Energy Magazine.
April 27, 2017
This article discusses the Passive House (PH) as an example for sustainable architecture. It defines what a PH house is as well as how it uses shading, ventilation, and solar power efficiently.
Originating from the efforts of German physicist Wolfgang Feist, the word Passivhaus, or Passive House, is a term that defines a building’s energy use for heating. For the purposes of this discussion, a PH is one that uses not over 15 kWh/m2/yr. Let’s look at an example.
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