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Passivhaus 101: Sustainable Architecture from the Inside Out

Summer 2017
A version of this article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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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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