This is a lovely summary of Passive House, written up as a Q&A with an American architect. There’s mention of an intriguing North American connection to the genesis of Passive House which you may not be aware of, some appealing images of various Passive Houses (I’m loving the Brussels home) plus some excellent diagrams illustrating the five basic principles.
All up, it’s a worthwhile read for designers as well as homeowners learning about Passive House.
My only reservation is an over-emphasis on SIPs. It undeniably has its advantages, but it’s not the only type of construction that can produce Passive House performance. In New Zealand, homes made from insulated concrete forms (ICF), modified timber framing and even Strawbale’s have achieved certification.
—13 May 2020