Passive House: Less Energy and More Comfort - Self Study


Length: 1 module

Author: James Bill

Subjects: Green Building: Passive House, Green Building: Sustainable Building

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In this free course, James Bill cites several examples of Passive Houses and the comfort and efficiency these structures provide.

Bill discusses the "FRAM" by Fridtjof Nansen (this first crew spent 3 years in the Arctic aboard a Passive House vessel), the "J Wood House" in Sebastopol, the "Volkshouse" in New Mexico, Unity College in Maine and other Passive structures in New York City, Berkeley, California and across the United States. The building elements are compared to the protective outerwear necessary for a Mt. Everest expedition.

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James Bill

Licensed Architect, CPHD, LEED AP, Zero Impact Architecture

James is a licensed architect and president of Zero Impact Architecture (ZIA), a firm dedicated to integrating beauty, health, and comfort with the science of deep sustainability. He was the architect of the first newly built Passive House in California, an extremely low energy building that is also an affordable housing unit. Besides energy reduction and the impact...[more]

Course Outline

Free Lecture: Passive House: Less Energy, More Comfort

In this module, you'll watch the lecture video and check out a couple of supplementary resources.

  • "Passive House: Less Energy, More Comfort" (Video)
  • Passive House Sample Design (Download .pdf)

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