Monthly Archives: March 2012

When is a Passive House NOT a Passive House?

Want to build a house to the Passive House standard?  That used to be an easily recognizable target.  There was only one Passive House standard, an international specification established in 1996 by the German-based Passive House Institute (PHI).  It’s a … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Part IV: Still a Very Long Journey Ahead

We have received a revised appraisal on Edgewaterhaus.  This third trip to the appraisal well is decidedly a mixed bag.  As the title of this blog suggests, those who want to build green via a bank loan have an uphill … Continue reading

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Backup Electrical Power for a Passive House?

Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home?  If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it … Continue reading

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Passive House Certification of Edgewaterhaus: PHI or PHIUS+?

We’re ready to submit Edgewaterhaus for Passive House Certification. Which begs the question: should we even bother with certification, particularly after the fracturing of the Passive House movement last August?  That’s when the Passive House Institute (PHI), the international organization … Continue reading

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