How to make buildings that use 10% of current energy needs.
Here is a bonanza of links you want for this Radio Ecoshock special on Passivhaus and Net Zero construction, including two free workshops.
The full workshop by Guido Wimmers on Passivhaus, held at the Sustainable Building Center in Vancouver, is just over 80 minutes long. You can download the whole recording by Alex Smith of CFRO, here:
Part 1 49 min CD Quality 46 MB or Lo-Fi 11 MB; Part 2 CD Quality 39 MB or Lo-Fi 9 MB
Guido Wimmers Ecoshock interview from 100402 show, 21 min CD Quality 20 MB or Lo-Fi 5 MB
BUILDING SANITY An earlier one hour workshop on super-low energy houses, office & municipal buildings with Dr. Guido Wimmers. Over 12,000 already built in Europe. Reduce Fossil fuel consumption, bills & emissions (!) by 90%. Ecoshock Show 080613
A blog where you can see photos of Austria House, Canada’s first true Passivhaus building. (Takes a minute or two to load all the photos, be patient, wait before scrolling down…)
#2 Jamee DeSimone on Net Zero construction building in Ontario, Canada. Straw bale insulation, sustainable materials. Vancouver 100313 1 hour CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB
Tom Pittsley solar mass windows, video page. Tom’s web page.
Another you tube video on passivhaus, this time from
Nabih Tahan, a Berkeley architect, explaining the theory behind a “passive house”.
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I am just finishing building a small solar passive home (that I have designed and built with my own hands). It is constructed from straw bale and clay render, with double glazed windows. It should last for more than 100 years easily (as long as the roof is maintained).
We have been testing the thermal efficiency of the building and it looks like it will required NO active heating and NO active cooling. At all, even in the middle of winter or summer.
And the best part: it is only costing AUD $35,000 total.
Solar passive design is not magic, or even difficult, and definitely does not need to be expensive.