Passive House Retrofit Example

Still chewing on the information gleaned from the CanPhi course, I have been surfing the web looking for more information and ideas.  In my searches I found this example of an extreme retrofit that met passive house standards.  I will be returning to this site often to read more about their experience.

An Interesting Day

I spent the day at the Canphi Introduction to Passive House Design course offered in Parksville by the Regional District of Nanaimo.  It was a very good day of learning I must say.  I am looking forward to using some of the ideas and potentially working with PHPP.  The course focused on new builds but the principles translate to retro-fitting as well.  The result is exciting: to heat an entire house with the equivalent of a blow dryer is incredible!

Check out the Canphi Site and, if you have the opportunity, take a course or check out one of their events if you can.

Update on the Journey

It occurred to me that the majority of my posts have been links to other posts or articles.  I am about to share yet another link but wanted to first provide a brief update on where we are at.

You may have noticed a gap in my posts.  In February I became somewhat despondent about my green roof idea.  Since then I did find an alternative type of roofing that is also environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing.  It isn’t a green roof but it is a good Plan B.

I also decided to contact some green roof specialists in B.C. to see if I could find someone with experience doing a green roof on a steep pitch who I could speak to in person.  I did find someone in Victoria and have exchanged emails with him.  Hopefully one of us will be able to speak with him directly soon.

I am also learning about passive solar.  I hope to come up with a way to harness the sun to heat the house efficiently in addition to harnessing the sun’s energy using solar panels.

In the meantime, I found an interesting blog post written by individuals who had a goal to build a passive house.  The post references an article about the first passive houses in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Conservation House – North-West Regina – 1977

Solar Decathlon Europe: Techstyle Haus

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I really like this idea. A comment is posted at the end asking about snow. Would be interesting to hear if this would work in a Canadian winter.

Small House Bliss

Solar Decathlon Europe contestant Techstyle Haus features an innovative and highly insulated fabric shell. It has an 825 sq ft open floor plan with a small loft. |

Techstyle Haus was one of the innovative entries in the recently concluded Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. The small house was created by a team of students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. Wanting to try something different, the team decided to build a passive house using a textile roof.

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