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Energy Independence with Passive House

One of the frequently asked questions I get about Passive House is its potential for going off the grid. I summarized different levels of energy independence in a Google knol.

PV tracker at the Passive House in the Woods

PV tracker at the Passive House in the Woods

Passive House buildings use very little energy to begin with. Therefore, it is a lot easier to utilize renewable energy sources such as solar or wind to offset a Passive House’s energy use. Renewable systems are much smaller than they would have to be for standard construction buildings, which saves investment cost.

Many different energy sources are a viable option for Passive House because of tis inherently small energy footprint. This make Passive House buildings very flexible and future proof.

One of the key goals of Passive House is to insulate the owner from an uncertain energy future. The buildings we build now will likely be around for 50, 100, or more years. Therefore, they will have to function in an era where the fuels we commonly use now may no longer be viable. That point may be reached long before the actual resource is consumed, as pointed out by former Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh Yamani in 1973: “The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones.”

PHitW article in today’s Star Tribune

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The Star Tribune printed an article today about the Passive House in the Woods project: “Solar Powerhouse“.

PhitW in Remodeling Today Magazine

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The Passive House in the Woods project is featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Remodeling Today Magazine: “An Extreme Eco-Friendly Home”.

Passive House ≠ Passive Solar

Street sign by Tim Delhey Eian

Anytime I speak to people about Passive House there seems to be some confusion with the Passive Solar Design ideas from the late 70s. I created a quick outline to compare the two and show which is what: Passive House vs. Passive Solar Design at Google knol.

Passive House Benefits

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The Passive House benefits outlined in this knol include economy, ecology, energy, health, comfort, durability, value and conscience. Please read on at Google knol.

TE Studio mentioned in Eco Home article

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11/11/2010: Eco Home Magazine published an article about the Passive House Alliance, mentioning the Passive House in the Woods project, as well as the 7th international Passive House Days event that we are participating in.

Passive House Days this Weekend

Join us during the 7th international Passive House Days on Friday through Sunday. We will open the Passive House in the Woods for public viewing from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Gary Konkol (owner) and Tim Eian (TE Studio) will be on site to answer your questions and demonstrate how the home functions with every day use. We look forward to seeing you in Hudson.

Passive House in the Woods, entry canopy detail

Book: Recreating the American Home

Mary James at Lowcarbonproductions just published her second book on Passive Houses in the U.S. called “Recreating the American Home”. I am happy to announce that the Passive House in the Woods project is one of the feature projects in the book. You can find more info and purchase the book here.

Article on greenbuildingadvisor.com

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Richard Defendorf at greenbuildingadvisor.com put together a nice article on the Passive House in the Woods. Check it out at this link.