About this course

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.’

This lecture covers:

  • Why orienting the long axis of the home to face South will save you money
  • Why plumbing layout impacts DHW quality of service, Primary Energy use, recovery, and the challenges to optimization and implementation
  • Some not-so-obvious reasons for orienting rooms with respect to the sun
  • Alternatives to the suggestions in the floor plan to adapt the implementation of the ‘physics’ to the aesthetics and desires of your clients
  • How to think ‘outside of the box’ with respect to floor planning


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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Course outline

2 modules • 6 assignments • 1:00 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 3 assignments
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 (.pdf)
  • Passive vs. Conventional Floor Planning with Mike Duclos (1 hour) (01:00:47 hours)
  • Passive House Floor Planning
Module 2 • 1 assignments
Download the Passive House Sample Design

Download Mike Duclos' free Passive House Sample Design

  • Passive House Sample Design (.pdf)


  • Mike Duclos

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    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,... Learn more

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Based on 67 reviews
students have taken this course

Good general overview and understanding. Volume really low from the presenter, but worth the hassle to listen to.

bob bob

Easy to follow, great pace, very much liked the PDF sample at the end. Thank-you.

Gwendolen St.Sauveur



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