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Passive House Design: Air Sealing & Pink Slime

This is the fourth post in our series on Passive House Design. If you missed either of the previous, click on the links below to get up to speed! LEAP’s intelligent design process consists of four main steps. Today we explore the importance of air sealing, and pink slime—that’s a technical term.   Passive House Design Process Site […]

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Passive House Design: Insulation–That’s a Wrap

This is the third post in our series on Passive House Design. If you missed either of the previous, click on the links below to get up to speed! LEAP’s intelligent design process consists of four main steps, each building on the previous. Site analysis is the first step, because it informs all the other steps. You […]

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Passive House Design: Windows— A Dark Age Salvation

We are continuing our series on Passive House Design. LEAP’s intelligent design process consists of four main steps, each with the aim to maximize human comfort, energy efficiency, and real cost savings. Today we explore the importance of good windows and doors, along with what constitutes them as such. Passive House Design Process Site Analysis Doors […]

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Passive House Design: Live like Goldilocks, Minus the Bears

Designing by trial and error can be exhausting. Take it from Goldilocks. She was so tired after all the rigmarole of finding “just right”, she actually fell asleep in a bear’s house. LEAP Architecture takes the guess-work out of Passive House Design with our (Bear-Proof) Design Process. Our intelligent site design consists of four main steps, each with the aim […]

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It’s Alive! Passive House Must Breathe.

In the next few posts, we are going to break down some of the key elements of Passive House Design. Today we examine the part of the mechanical system—proper ventilation and energy recovery. Passive House Design Process   No One Likes Stale Air. Passive buildings are designed to be air tight. Really air tight. But […]

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Passive House: Heat Your House by Watching TV

Passive House Design is a little bit like Vegas. Well, the slogan at least. Passive houses or buildings, are designed with an extremely air-tight-envelope. Nothing gets in or out without being allowed to. This makes it possible to harness the energy of seemingly small actions to eliminate your heating bills.   What Happens in Passive […]

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Passive House: High Performance Construction Standards in the US

Passive House Design [founded in the US, then developed in Germany as Passivhaus] is different than passive solar design since insulation and heat exchangers are utilized while solar energy plays a lesser role. Passive House Design: Introduction and History In the United States, passive house design standards dictate space heating energy of 1 BTU per square foot (11 […]

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Impending Mutiny over Annexure of the Gas Stove

I’m really, really excited to build an amazing living space that I designed with my family: we’re starting foundations this month! But I’m dreading the inevitable Resistance to Induction Cooking Everywhere (R.I.C.E.). To promote environmentalism in our Passive House home design, we will not have fossil fuels at all. No natural gas, no oil, no […]