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Air Sealing Challenges for Small Buildings

March/April 2015
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2015 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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February 27, 2015
Even the smallest, simplest homes are hard to air seal to Passive House standards.
In 2013 I embarked on my first Passive House (PH) project. Unlike many PH builders, I am neither an architect nor a licensed contractor. I am a longtime owner builder. As such, my perspective is a bit different from most (not necessarily better, just different, and probably less informed that it ought to be). As a longtime HERS Rater and PHIUS+ Rater, I knew that my biggest challenge was probably going to be keeping the building infiltration to no more than 0.6 ACH50. My approach to both designing and constructing the building focused on that goal.

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