Christine Snyder shares the details on the construction of a passive house addition; and a second project, the construction of an improved design for a passive house.
Christine Snyder, Certified Passive House Consultant, Licensed Architect and Builder
Houses can produce more energy than they consume, even in Michigan's cold cloudy winter climate. Superinsulation and air-tight construction means most heating is supplied by solar gain & internal heat gains, with so little supplemental heat required that it could be supplied with a hair blow dryer. This example of an actual project will give you ideas for your new construction or retrofitting projects.
Christina Snyder is an architect, licensed builder, and Michgan's first Certified Passive House Consultant. She has coached students who won Michigan's Zero Energy Home Competitions, as well as a 2007 Solar Decathlon team. Snyder has worked on ecovillage and co-housing projects, as well as natural building and permaculture projects.
Recorded by Local Future's Aaron Wissner at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute during the 2014 Sustainability Conference, March 15, 2014.