Introduction to This Series
Passive House Institute US offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home building professionals seeking to build highly energy efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). This is the first entry in a series about the design and construction of my own Passive House. This is a rigorous process, and although the house is finished, certification is not yet assured. I hope to provide an inside and personal look at the various economic, design, building and decision-making processes involved. I also hope to give you a better understanding of some of the Passive House building practices.
I believe that the Passive House program is a leading force behind the rapid increase in both technical sophistication and public momentum for energy efficient housing. As such, I want to participate not just as a builder but as a homeowner.