Introduction to Passive House


Passive House goals and methodology change the way architects and builders think and work, making the architectural design itself a driver of climate, health, and social solutions. This hour course dives into the basic principles, history, and the new frontiers of Passive House design as it continues to challenge and change industry expectations.

Learning objectives

  • Outline the 5 basic principles of Passive House design and how each principle contributes to the health, safety and welfare of occupants
  • Describe the history of building performance efforts and its context, including extreme weather, resource scarcity and climate change mitigation, that led to the development of Passive House design
  • Describe why and how hygienic ventilation is an essential defining component of Passive House design and operation.
  • Outline how the Passive House design focus on very good energy efficiency also results in side-benefits like great occupant thermal and acoustic comfort, improved occupant health outcomes, and economic affordability.

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    Ken Levenson

    Executive Director | NAPHN

    Raised in Vermont, Ken practiced architecture for 20 years in New York City. Starting in 2010,...