Seattle Passive House – Active Excitement about Dan’s Passive House

I am having a ball writing this blog about Dan’s project.  Part of that is the behind the scenes reports I get from WordPress on how many people view the blog or when someone links to the blog from a posting on another site.  Sometimes those are the results of a software program that just grabs blog site addresses and posts them randomly, but today I was in for a very pleasant surprise.  Richard Defendorf of Green Building Advisor has written a very nice article about the project and included a link to this blog (thanks Richard!).  You can read “A Passive House Kick-Start in the Northwest” here.

This has prompted me to finally put together a page of just the Seattle Passive House project posts in order from the beginning for anyone who would like an easier way to review the project.  You can see that at “Seattle Passive House From the Beginning”.  I have also made it a permanent tab at the top of the blog page and will update it as I write new blog postings.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who keep coming back for more news about Dan’s project and ask for any comments or suggestions of future blog postings you would like to see.  I will be getting into a discussion of the different software programs that we use for modeling the projects and will also bring you news of other Passive House projects that are happening.




2 responses to “Seattle Passive House – Active Excitement about Dan’s Passive House

  1. It’s so great to be able to see Dan’s house being built! I wish I’d known about this site about 8 or 9 months ago…

    I’d love to hear more about siting a Passive House, since that’s one of the primary ways that us ol’ hippies implemented passive housing back in the ’70s…

    • Hi Kris,

      I’m sure the concepts are the same, just the implementation is just a little bit more techy! We still need to know how the face sites in regards to sun exposure, where the different trees or buildings are that can impact the house for shade, what shading features are planned that would be seasonal (such as a grape arbor). Then the magic begins – all that information, as well as material r-values, window u-values, and climate data are entered into an incredibly detailed spreadsheet called the Passive House Planning Package. It calculates how the house will perform based on all of those inputs and the measurements of the structure. Once entered you can change the orientation, size of windows, types of materials, etc. and see how they impact the way the building is expected to perform. It really is quite the tool for taking advantage of the natural benefits of a location.

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