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An affordable Passive House monitoring system

The Passive House approach uses passive building strategies to create an indoor climate that requires minimal energy to maintain comfortable living conditions. During the design phase, energy modeling software is used to engineer the building enclosure based on regional climate data and optimized solar orientation. The resulting energy model predicts annual energy consumption and operating cost for the building. Testing during construction verifies the building is meeting the requirements for…

newspaper, coffee cups and pop rocks

Newspapers, Coffee Cups, and Pop Rocks

One of the major differences in Passive House buildings is insulation. Passive House buildings typically use 2 to 3 times the amount of insulation of a conventional building. Using more insulation in the floor, walls, and roof slows down the transfer of energy and prevents the losses that plaque typical buildings. Conventional buildings require large…