Monthly Archives: October 2014

Test Anxiety

Test anxiety?  Yup, you read that right.  Blower door test.  And yes, I had anxiety about it! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts we need to reach an ACH of 0.6 in order to meet Passive House standards.  We decided … Continue reading

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Exterior Door and more…

We now have both of our exterior doors installed and they are awesome!  I’m continually amazed by the windows and doors that we have gone with.  The quality far surpasses that of any North American window that I’ve seen.  They … Continue reading

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Air Sealing

One of the (several) crucial components of building a Passive House is the air sealing.  In order to obtain certification a level of 0.6 Air Changes per Hour (ACH) must be met.  To put that into perspective a drafty old … Continue reading

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Visitors from Holland College

This morning we were so pleased to welcome students from Holland College to the house for a tour.  There were about 17 students who are enrolled in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program along with several of the instructors.  (Correct … Continue reading

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Poor/Smart Man’s Geothermal

Another interesting feature that we are incorporating into our home is a home-made geothermal system.  I’ve heard it called the “poor man’s geothermal” and the “smart man’s geothermal”.  Let me do my best to explain this… what we are doing … Continue reading

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Dense Packed Cellulose

This week has seen another big milestone being hit; the insulation is being blown in!  One of the biggest criteria in building a Passive House is to ensure that there is enough insulation in the exterior shell of the building … Continue reading

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Stairs

Here’s a post for the kids.  They didn’t care so much about the windows as they did about the stairs that are now in place.  No more ladders to get to the second floor.  I could hear them cheering for … Continue reading

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