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Passive vs. Conventional Floor Planning + Passive House Sample Design - Self Study


Author: Mike Duclos

Subjects: Green Building: Passive House

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If you don't floor plan properly, you will fail. In this 1-hour lecture, Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group describes how passive floor planning differs from conventional floor planning. Mike provides a background on the Passive House movement, presents examples of Passive House designs and floor plans, and explains why floor planning is critical for cutting costs, energy efficiency, and meeting the rigorous Passive House criteria.

Passive House is justifiably regarded as the most energy efficient building standard in the world, as well as being the most challenging to meet. It seems that ‘every trick in the book,’ with some ‘inventions’ for good measure is often necessary to meet the challenging (and non-negotiable) Passive House Space Heat Demand and Primary Energy criteria. Thoughtful floor plan design can make the experience of living in the home much more enjoyable, reduce construction costs, and be a substantial asset in ‘making the numbers.’

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The Passive House Sample Design is an as-built for a floor plan created by Mike Duclos. Enroll and download it for free.

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Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.


Mike Duclos

Principal, DEAP Energy Group, LLC

Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House related consulting services. Mike was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc. Zero Energy Challenge entry, and has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects,...[more]

Course Outline

Passive vs. Conventional Floor Planning

In this module, you'll review two Passive House floor plans, watch the lecture video, and download the presentation slides.

  • Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
  • Passive vs. Conventional Floor Planning with Mike Duclos (1 hour) (Video - 01:00:47 hours)
  • Passive House Floor Planning (Resource)
Download the Passive House Sample Design

Download Mike Duclos' free Passive House Sample Design

  • Passive House Sample Design (Download .pdf)

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