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ADEX Offers Solar on Nomadic Structures
ADEX is a proposed prefabricated module-based living unit. The construction and energy-resource systems contemplate ADEX’s adaptation to any give...

Albatros (Netherlands)
Owned by the Royal Dutch Navy, the Albatros building was formerly accommodation barracks for naval officers. The Navy was intent on demolishing it ...

Amory Lovins Uber Solar Home (Colorado)
At about 8,000 feet elevation, Rocky Mountain Institute founder Amory Lovins' house (RMI's original headquarters) serves as an office and a showcas...

An Appalachian House: The Design and Analysis of a Passive Solar House (Virginia, USA)
This project is a proposal for the design of a house - a green building - situated on a plot of land within the town limits of Blacksburg, Virginia...

Animal Foundation Dogs Get Great Design
In 2005 the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, consolidated its animal-care campus to expand services for animal sheltering and adoption ...

Architecture Firm Reinvents Pier 56 (Seattle)
In any weather, the views from Seattle’s Pier 56 to the Olympic Mountains are nothing short of spectacular: cruise ships and ferries plying the w...

Arcosanti Perches Over Arizona Canyon
In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoeni...

Arizona National Guard Building (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
The 5,200 square-foot green building is burrowed into the site to gain as much of the thermal benefit and barrier to heat as the earth can provide....

Audubon Center at Debs Park (California, USA)
The Audubon Center at Debs Park in Los Angeles is a cutting-edge green building that is a model of sustainable architecture. The 5,023 square-foot ...

AustriaHaus Brings Passive House to Canada
AustriaHaus is a Passiv Haus that uses approximately one-tenth the energy of a similar-sized building that uses standard North American constructio...

BaleHaus Passive Home (UK)
The BaleHaus green building, designed by White Design Architects, uses ModCell Straw cladding panels, to provide a super-insulated home, made from ...

Bernheim Arboretum Building Mimics Tree (USA)
"The Bernheim Visitor Center represented a magical opportunity; a chance to design a building like a tree. Made up of biological and technical 'nut...

Bertschi School Science Wing Goes Net Zero (Seattle, USA)
Bertschi School in Seattle created an addition to its already green school by building a net zero energy and water science wing for its more than 2...

Bessancourt Passiv Haus Certified (France)
A home in Bessancourt, France, is oriented on its site to take advantage of the southern exposure. Designed by the French firm Karawitz Architectur...

Blue House Is Passive Green (Seattle, USA)
A Green Building That's Blue By David Sokol, Green Source Magazine, December 2010 - The Lehman Brothers collapse did well by Joseph Hurley, AIA,...

Bosarge Zero Energy Ed Center (Maine, USA)
The 8,000 square foot zero net energy Bosarge Family Education Center is part of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, USA. It is...

California Academy of Sciences (SanFran)
Construction began on the California Academy of Sciences green building in Golden Gate State Park in San Francisco on September 12, 2005. The desig...

California Dreamin’ at Claire’s Bakery
Born of a predilection to serve healthy food, organic coffee, and an array of other culinary creations, in August 2009, Claire’s on Cedros bakery...

California Off-Grid Home Split in Two
This 1750-square-foot, off-the-grid residence in the California Gold Country, outside the town of Murphys, was designed as a summer and winter vaca...

CEED Passive House Certified in Virginia
Tucked into the verdant hills of rural Franklin County, Virginia, is a high-tech learning facility that is the first public school in the US to mee...

Center for Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh, USA)
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is a veritable Phoenix of green architecture and building sustainability that rises from a restored bro...

Chenequa Home Spirals in Control
The Chenequa Residence is a single family home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, designed by organic architect Robert Oshatz. The house is designed in res...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way in '97
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, also known as the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, was designed in 1997. Back then, green bui...

Civano Solar Community in Tucson, Arizona (USA)
The Community of Civano, located in the southeast part of Tucson, is, according to its planners, "an antidote to urban sprawl's five banes: loss o...

CO2 Saver House Has Loam Walls (Poland)
By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptio...

Council House 2 (Melbourne, Australia)
The city of Melbourne intended CH2–the Council House 2 building, which opened in August 2006–to exemplify the best of high-performance, sustain...

Daneshill House (UK)
Daneshill House is a purpose-designed local government office building which was constructed in the 1950’s as part of the Stevenage ‘new town...

Dano School Passively Cool (Burkina Faso)
by Michael Dumiak - Architect Francis Kéré relies on simple solutions for a humble learning space near his hometown in West Africa where his Dano...

Desert Living Center Exhibits Arid Green
The Desert Living Center (DLC) is a 46,000-square foot environmental education complex that showcases green building methods, materials and technol...

Discovery Center in Kansas City, Missouri
Only minutes from downtown Kansas City, Mo., lies an urban oasis: 11 acres of prairie, wetlands, and wildlife habitat surrounding the Anita B. Gorm...

Druk White Lotus School Scales Heights
The Druk White Lotus School is a small Buddhist school under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, and founded by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa ...

Earth Sheltered Greenhouse (Idaho, USA)
by Mike Oehler Mother Earth News March 2004 Ninety frost-free days here in the mountains of Idaho close to the Canadian border are not enough ...

Earthships Dig Their Heels Into the Hillside
An Earthship is a type of passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, NM, the...

EcoSense House Has Style, Zero Waste
For a Vancouver Island, Canada, couple, the objective was to live a reasonable life where their home becomes an extension of nature; where the syst...

Eielson Visitor Center Off-Grid in Denali
In the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, six million acres of protected wilderness surround the Eielson Visitor Center, the most visited ...

Ellis Residence Sizzles in Pacific NW (USA)
The ultra-sustainable Ellis Residence is perched on Yeomalt Bluff on Bainbridge Island, overlooking Central Puget Sound and downtown Seattle in the...

English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)
This home features a vegetated roof, 2.4 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, pre-plumbed solar hot water system, radiant floor heating on the f...

Finch House (Denver, Colorado, USA)
The Finch House is a remodel and addition by Doerr Architecture located at 71 South Sherman Street in Denver, Colorado that was completed in 2005.

Fish Singer Place Offers Urban EcoLiving
Undaunted by the economic downturn, Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction (MRC) has just completed four new, urban homes that are for sale and of...

Floating House Welcomes Sunlight (Seattle)
by Nico Saieh - Continuing a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle, this new floating home is located on Lake Union, in the h...

Florida Solar Cracker House
This document describes an energy efficient, solar-powered home that was built near Interlachen, Florida. The original owners/designers lived in th...

Forest EcoCentre Employs Passive Design (Australia)
Architect Robert Morris-Nunn has persistently explored passive and low-energy designs, and has applied his experience and skill to this hybrid buil...

Genzyme Center Gets Natural Air Flow
Working with Genzyme, Behnisch and Partner Architekten of Germany began to design the Genzyme Center green building around an internal environment ...

Geos Is Zero Energy Community (Colorado)
Over 300 sunny Colorado days per year and a constant temperature of the Earth at five to seven feet below ground level are the power sources of Geo...

Germany's Solar Decathlon 2009 SurPLUS House
At the 2009 Solar Decathlon, Team Germany from Technische Universität Darmstadt started with a "focus on the façade," creating a house that is es...

GO Home Passive House in Maine
The GO Home in Belfast, Maine, is a 1500 square foot, three-bedroom residence that achieves super energy efficiency and construction costs comparab...

Going Green at the Beach (Washington State, USA)
“Going Green at the Beach” set a record by meeting the requirements of these and other residential green building certification programs: - EN...

Greening Our White Ski Resorts
As ski season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, many resorts continue to find ways to offer more sustainable approaches to one of the favorite...

Habitat Breaks Poverty Cycles with Solar
Habitat for Humanity International is dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more tha...

Happy Cow Creamery Uses Solar Hot Water
by Justin Cooper - They say a happy cow is a productive cow. And saving money on energy can make a farmer happy too. We visit an organic dairy farm...

Hawaii Gateway Energy Center
The gateway energy center at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii commands a view of the Pacific Ocean any Hawaiian vacationer would envy. The 3...

Hemp House Breathes Easier in Carolina
There are an estimated 25,000 different uses for hemp, including sports cars, clothes, and biofuels. Since the 1960s, it’s been used in Europe an...

Hol Church solar retrofit (Norway)
The Hol Church project in Norway uncovered big challenges that were met when dealing with a historic, protected buildings in Europe. As this buildi...

Integrated Solar Resides in LA
The gorgeously green Beitcher Residence is a paragon of sustainable California architecture, showcasing a design partnership between eco-conscious ...

ISEAMI Goes Native (Costa Rica)
Located on the biologically diverse Peninsula de Osa in the rainforest of Costa Rica, Casa ISEAMI is totally off-grid using an on-site hydropower s...

IslandWood Teaches Nature in Pacific Northwest
Inspiration for IslandWood came from the land itself, and the knowledge that half of Seattle School District children did not receive overnight out...

KAUST Campus Weathers Extremes (Saudi Arabia)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia is a 6.5-million-sq.ft. LEED Platinum project that consists of two parts...

Kroon Hall at Yale Melds Tradition & Tech
Kroon Hall, Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies building on Science Hill, is ultra-green. Designed by Hopkins Architects...

Lagniappe Solar House Makes It Right (USA)
A lagniappe, in southern Louisiana culture, is an unexpected gift or benefit – a little something extra thrown in as a show of gratitude. The Lag...

Lighthouse Zero Energy Home (UK)
The heart of the concept for the Lighthouse is the ambition to create homes where the innovative environmental systems and construction methods do ...

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)
The Lighthouse is another innovative green skyscraper to be constructed in Dubai. For energy generation, it will have three enormous 225 kilowatt w...

Lumenhaus by Virginia Tech Is Mod Solar
Lumenhaus is a zero energy, grid-tied active and passive solar, modular residence that was designed and built by a team of university students at V...

Maine Solar House in Cold Climate (USA)
In the harsh Maine winter, this energy-conscious house produces its own heat, hot water and electricity from the sun that shines on its roof. In 19...

Menara Mesiniaga Features Bioclimatics (Malaysia)
Completed in 1992, this building was a precursor to what we call “green buildings” today. Designed as a headquarters for IBM, the building appl...

Meridian View Row House Has Solar Chimney
A rooftop pavilion reaches out over Fifteenth Street and frames the amazing view of Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. USA. Warm wood lines the...

Mill Valley Residence Sees Green (Roof)
The vegetated roofs on a Mill Valley, California, home hop, skip and jump their way down three levels following the slope of the hillside. The livi...

Mountain Meadow Bioshelter Greenhouse (Flagstaff, Arizona, USA)
Mountain Meadow Farm’s Bioshelter allows us to not only grow organic foods year-round but also to support plant and animal propagation in an ecol...

Natural Cooling (Arizona, USA)
Article from Arizona Solar Center describes techniques for passively cooling buildings in the hot arid region of the Southwestern United States. Pa...

North Carolina Is Home to Solar Community
Bingham Ridge is a new residential development (February 2010) that integrates photovoltaic and solar products into construction of all its homes w...

Oregon Bungalow Is Recycled and Passive
Over eight years, working nights and weekends, architect Ryan Walsh completely gutted his 1925 bungalow in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Portland, O...

Parkview Green Simply Passive (Beijing, China)
The Parkview Green in Beijing is designed to cut energy use 40 percent, saving 5,000 tons of carbon each year, based on the country’s current gre...

Passive House US Imported from Germany
By Alex Wilson - Originating in Germany twenty years ago and drawing inspiration from the superinsulation and passive solar movements in North Amer...

Passive Solar Toilets
Passive solar composting toilets offer an alternative, on-site waste recycling system that reduces pollution and creates safe and nutrient-rich fer...

Poplar Forest Used Passive Principles in 1806
Poplar Forest is a retreat that Thomas Jefferson designed for himself near present-day Lynchburg, Virginia, in the early 1800s as a get-away from h...

Principles of Passive House Design, Parts I and II
The U.S. has many examples of superinsulated buildings that successfully harness the sun’s energy. However, while this country was enjoying low f...

San Diego Children's Museum Art-Focused
The San Diego Children’s Museum has a saw-tooth roof that features photovoltaic panels that generate 144,000 kWh of electricity per year, about h...

Sedona Passive Solar Residence
A passive solar heated house utilizing thermal mass, direct gain and indirect gain, and a isolated gain green space. South facing windows coupled w...

Shift House Passive (Portland, Oregon, USA)
The Shift House is a Passive House design that sits on a plateau above Hood River and boasts panoramic views of two mountains: Mt. Hood to the sout...

Shillong House Gets Eco Makeover (India)
Meghalaya is a small state in north-eastern India. The word "Meghalaya" literally means "The Abode of Clouds" and it occupies a hilly strip in the ...

Smith House (Urbana, Illinois, USA)
The Smith House in Urbana, Illinois, is located in a cold, humid climate region. It is designed and built as a passive house that is well-insulated...

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Smithsonian Institution created a research campus on Colon Island in Bocas del Toro, Panama, located off the Caribbean coast on a sensitive sit...

Solaleya Rotating Dome Homes
by Bridgette Meinhold, July 2009 -- In passive solar design, a home is oriented with the main axis running east and west so that the home faces e...

Solar Boilers for Hot Water (Israel)
Israeli solar energy companies such as Solel Solar, Aora, Ormat technologies, and a host of others are now world leaders in the development of sun ...

Solar Light Pipes Brighten Texas A&M
Showing true Aggie ingenuity, Texas A&M students developed a device that transports natural light into the interior of buildings. The system, desig...

Solar Panels Keep Buildings Cool, Study Says
By Ioana Patringenaru, UCSD, July 2011 - Those solar panels on top of the roof aren't just providing clean power; they are cooling the house or wo...

Solar Umbrella House Uses PV Canopy (USA)
Lawrence Scarpa has an intriguing insight as to why solar-powered houses have yet to take the country by storm. Aside from the economic and politic...

Solara Multifamily Is Zero Energy (USA)
Solara is a 56-apartment, affordable housing community composed of six two-story residential buildings and a 2,100 square foot Community Center on ...

Solarei Passive Solar House (New Zealand)
Te Kauwhata House in Waikato, New Zealand, is a three-bedroom, passive solar, energy efficient family home that utilizes green architecture princip...

Solaris Uses BIPVs and Passive Design
Located on the green belt in Brussels, the Solaris office building is centered around two third-level atriums, and draws on two green energy source...

South Jamaica Library Went Green (NYC)
The South Jamaica Branch Library in Queens, NY, was the first building designed and constructed under the New York City High Performance Building G...

Straw Bale Home Is Passive Solar
This passive solar straw bale home is featured in the book, "The New Strawbale Home", and received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine. Thi...

Sungazing House Puts Sun to Work (Utah)
Built with foot-thick structural insulated panels, the Sungazing House in Park City, Utah, effectively mitigates extreme temperature swings using p...

Tani Creek Farm Grows Plants, Power near Seattle
by Robin Rogers, Solaripedia - Tani Creek Farm in the Pacific Northwest uses sunlight for more than just growing vegetables. In the misty hills of ...

The Mountain Employs Passive Design
The Mountain is an urban housing development in Copenhagen that merges two-thirds parking with one-third residences. All apartments face the sun fo...

The Power of the Sun from Eco-Logic Blog (USA)
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 76 percent of all power-plant-generated electricity is used to operate buildings, and half...

Tiny House Is Passive Solar (North Carolina)
by Michael Janzen, Tiny House Design Blog -- One man, one hammer, a 64 square foot solar home. Jeff has been living in his tiny house about 100 day...

Tomorrow House Is Passive Prefab (France)
French designers debuted Construisons Demain, or Tomorrow House, designed by architect Eric Wuilmot, at Batimat in Paris in 2007. The prefabricated...

Utah Passive House (Mill Creek, Utah, USA)
There's a website called Our Passive House, where the owners are documenting the design and construction of the first Passive House in Utah. The o...

Vauban Community (Germany)
In the South of Freiburg, on the former area of a French barrack site, Vauban, a new district is being developed for more than 5,000 inhabitants a...

Villa Old Oaks Responds Passively
Villa Old Oaks is a private residence located in a neighborhood of six larger villas in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim of the design was to open view...

Warehouse Redo Puts Sustainability First
By Jessica Kellner - As two Chicago Art Institute professors create a living art project in an abandoned warehouse—a home much greater than the s...

Water + Life Museums Celebrate Fossils
The 70,000-square-foot Water + Life Museums complex is highly energy and water efficient despite its harsh desert environment of Hemet, California,...

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)
The Watsonville Water Resources Center is a functional, educational, and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000 ...

Westville Low-Load House (Asheville, North Carolina, USA)
Over the next few months, Rob Moody of Green Building Advisor will be following an infill project in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. It’s an 842-...

Wind Towers Catch the Breezes (Mid East)
A windcatcher is an architectural device used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings. The function of this tower is to catch...

Wisconsin Contemporary Sustainability (USA)
This timber-framed private residence is nestled into the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin. The architect designed a unique contemporary residen...

Yakima Passive Solar Home (Washington, USA)
He wanted a log home, and she wanted something more finished - so we worked with them to find a solution that satisfied them both. By combining tra...

Zayed Museum To Cool Passively (Abu Dhabi)
The Zayed National Museum will become the centerpiece of the emerging Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi and is the UAE's first major n...

Zero Energy Casita Takes Shape (Texas)
On a bluff above Eagle Mountain Lake sits a rustic-looking house in the final stages of construction (in early 2010). The frame "casita" (Spanish f...

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)
In creating the Zion National Park Visitor Center, the National Park Service (NPS), working with DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), has co...


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Documents (109)  ^

A Water Wall Solar Design Manual
This 29-page guide shows you how to build a passive solar water wall system.

Assessment of daylight quality in simple rooms
This 82-page report presents the results of simulations of daylight conditions in three rooms with three different window configurations: – a v...

AustriaHaus Brochure (in German)
Two-page brochure describes the AustriaHaus passive building, the first certified Passive House in Canada, built for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Wh...

BaleHaus Passive Home Data Sheet (UK)
Five-page summary of the proposed BaleHaus.

Bingham Ridge Solar Plan
A plan for a passive solar home in North Carolina.

Bingham Ridge Solar Plan2
A plan for a passive solar home in North Carolina.

Bingham Ridge Solar Plan3
A plan for a passive solar home in North Carolina.

Bingham Ridge Solar Plan4
A plan for a passive solar home in North Carolina.

California Solar Rights Act Review
The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) at the University of San Diego School of Law provides this review of the statutes of the Solar Rights A...

Case Study Fairfield Housing (Scotland)
The brownfield site is close to public transport and shops and lies at the edge of a peripheral housing estate. The .sunscoop. crescent layout of t...

Case Study Multifamily Housing (Scotland)
This development of two and four person flats has been designed to achieve high levels of energy efficiency within a traditional solid masonry stru...

CEED Center for Energy Efficient Design Presentation PPT
This powerpoint slide presentation describes the Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED) as part of the Gereau Center. Both are public school fac...

CEED Passive House School Article - GMC Magazine MAY 2011
This four-page article describes the Center for Energy Efficient Design in Franklin County, Virginia, the first public school in the US built to Pa...

Cliff House Designed by Norman Saunders
This excerpt from Super Solar Houses by William Shurcliff describes Cliff House, built in 1983 in Weston, Massachusetts. Designed by Norman Saunder...

Climate Responsive Architecture of Tabriz Iran 2007
The main goal of this paper is to present vernacular principles and elements for building design and development, by considering environmental qual...

Climate-Based Daylight Analysis for Residential Buildings
This 91-page report describes the impact of various window con gurations, external obstructions, orientations and location on useful daylight illu...

Comparative Evaluation of Four Daylighting Software Programs
This 16-page paper presents a comparative evaluation from the perspective of building and daylighting design practice. A contemporary building comp...

Cool Daylighting Design Approach Workbook Schools
The purpose of this 30-page Workbook is to facilitate quick economic and performance assessments of simple, yet very effective Cool Daylighting ...

Cool Idea: Using Ice to Chill Building in NYC
This brief article describes an innovative cooling system that freezes large blocks of ice to cool buildings.

Daylighting Using Tubular Light Guide Systems Thesis 2003
This 272-page PhD thesis is the result of a study of tubular daylighting systems by Joe Callow. To assess the performance of several innovative day...

E-Retrofit Passive House Report
This 45-page report describes the development of the E-Retrofit Passive House tool-kit for retrofitting homes and multifamily residential to Passi...

Finding True South
One-page article describes how to find true south when sizing for PV system or passive solar design.

Gardens by the Bay Greenhouse Engineering by Atelier Ten
This article provides brief overview of the greenhouse challenges at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Glazing Design Brief
This 20-page report covers glazing selections, life-cycle analysis, codes, etc.

GO Home Green to the Extreme Article SEPT 2011
Article from the Portland Press Herald describes the prototype Passive House in Belfast, Maine, by GO Logic Homes.

GO Home Passive Pioneers Article by MaineBiz Magazine OCT 2011
This article from MaineBiz magazine describes GO Logic Homes of Maine and their golas for creating passive homes in and around Belfast, Maine.

Greenhouse Effect on Three Morris-Nunn Projects
Three passive design projects by Morris-Nunn and Associates are reviewed in this six-page article.

Heat Retention Solar Oven
The Heat Retention Solar Oven uses the sun's energy to heat a material that retains heat well; this stored heat can then be used to cook anytime, d...

How to Design a Passive Solar House
Very brief description using eight points.

How to Work and Live in Passive Solar House
One-page description of a passive house.

In Defense of the Passive House Standard
John Straube's paper, "Comparing Passivhaus Standard Homes to Other Low-Energy Homes," compared the Passive House (PH) standard with the Building S...

Integral Passive Solar Water Heater Book
This 104-page book describes breadboxes, batchers, and other types of simple solar water heaters by David Bainbridge of the Passive Solar Institute.

Iran Cones of Kandovan Article APRIL 2011
A living example of human adaptation to exceptionally unusual natural surroundings, Kandovan village is located 50 km to the south of Tabriz, Osku,...

Iranian Wind Catcher and Natural Ventilation White Paper
This six-page white paper analyzes different configurations of wind catchers used to cool buildings, and determines the optimal form.

Iranian Wind Towers Article
This three-page article discusses wind towers used for passive cooling in hot, arid climate.

Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
This seven-page report provides an overview for site and design considerations, along with landscape planning tips for saving energy.

Landscaping to Conserve Energy Annotated Bibliography (Florida)
This 11-page document provides a bibliography to create a clearing house for a great deal of the literature relating to energy conservative landsca...

Library Case Study: Benefits of Passive Solar vs Traditional Design
A four-page case study that analyzes whether passive solar design features are responsible for the significant difference in energy use in two publ...

Light-zone(s): as Concept and Tool
This 11-page paper investigates light-zone(s)2 as concept and tool, which can be taken as a point of departure for a new method to perceive, consi...

Low Energy Duplex Homes Ulm Germany
Four-page booklet describes low energy houses using passive house windows in Ulm, Germany.

Meridian View Row House with Solar Chimney
One-page fact sheet on the Meridian View rowhouse in Washington, D.C. that was remodeled with a solar chimney for passive ventilation.

Optimizing Water Trombe Walls
In this project a group set out to study the optimal water wall thickness of water Trombe walls. We built a controlled environment in which the eff...

Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production
ATTRA Publication #IP078 This 104-page publication focuses on organic methods of greenhouse vegetable production, and is supplemented with a listi...

Parkview Green Integrated Building Design ARUP
This 49-slide presentation covers the systems in the Parkview Green building in Beijing.

Passiv Haus Residential Criteria
This 7-page document outlines the criteria required for certification to Passive House standard as set by the Passiv Haus Institute.

Passive Cooling for Your North Carolina Home
This eight-page report provides an overview of passive cooling for North Carolina.

Passive Design Toolkit
Best practices for Vancouver, BC, Canada, are described in this 42-page guide to using passive design principles.

Passive Homes Guidelines Ireland
This 47-page terrific guide provides info on the design and construction of passive house dwellings in Ireland.

Passive House Commercial Buildings Examples
Powerpoint slides show examples of commercial buildings that have certified to PassivHaus standard since 1996.

Passive House Could Have Made Bullitt More Energy Efficient 2011
Seattle architect Rob Harrison compares the Bullitt Center's Living Building energy criteria against Passive House energy criteria and figures if B...

Passive House Kronsberg (Germany)
In the 32 terraced houses built in 1998 by the developer Rasch & Partner in cooperation with the Stadtwerke Hannover, for the first time a heating...

Passive House Retrofit Article
This four-page article describes how exiting homes can be retrofitted to meet Passive House standards.

Passive House Takes Root in US Article
Three-page article about the Passive House institute and standard in the US, adopted from Germany's program.

Passive Houses You Can Heat with a Hair Dryer
This six-page paper describes Passive Houses

Passive Solar Building Design (Australia)
Practical activities for teachers to help students investigate the main design principles that affect the thermal comfort of buildings.

Passive Solar Buildings
The Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) system is prescribed in this document (Military Handbook Design Procedures for passive Solar Buildings) and p...

Passive Solar Design
Four-page fact sheet overview on passive solar design for homes.

Passive Solar Design Basics
Four-page brochure outlines basics of passive solar design in residential design.

Passive Solar Design for New Zealand Homes
This four-page info sheet describes basic principles for designing passive solar homes in New Zealand.

Passive Solar Design for the Home
Eight-page fact sheet covers the basic for designing a passive solar home in the US.

Passive Solar Design Guidance New Zealand 2008
This46-page document provides guidance on how to incorporate passive solar design principles into future government building projects in New Zeala...

Passive Solar Design Part 1 of 2
Five-page guideline for passive solar design in homes. Part one of two parts.

Passive Solar Design Part 2 of 2
This is the second part of a two-part guide to passive solar design in homes.

Passive Solar Fact Sheet
Brief guide to passive solar technology from the US Department of Energy.

Passive Solar Greenhouse in Ladakh
This 61-page document describes the entire process for constructing a passive solar greenhouse in the Ladakh region of the Himalayan Mountains wher...

Passive Solar Handbook: Intro to Passive Solar Concepts V 1 of 5
This si Volume 1 of a five-volume series. Solar concepts described in this handbook fall into two broad categories: (1) those that use the energy ...

Passive Solar Heating & Cooling Manual
This 42-page manual outlines the necessary steps to create a passively heated and cooled building. It was a project of Western SUN Arizona and West...

Passive Solar Home Design Checklist
Two-page fact sheet on how to apply passive solar concepts to home design.

Passive Solar Homes Case Studies 1990
This 152-page guide describes 13 different homes that were designed for passive and hybrid solar low energy. The homes are in Austria, Denmark, Ger...

Passivhaus Austria Gaspoltshofen
Four-page brochure describes a passive house in Austria.

PassivHaus Becomes Active—Further Commentary on PassivHaus
Additional commentary and response to criticism of the first article: "The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard—A comparison to other cold climate...

Passivhaus Chignolo Italy
Four-page booklet describes a passive house that complies with Passivhaus standards in Chignolo, Italy.

Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic Article
Clearing away misconceptions will improve the dialogue between Passivhaus advocates and American builders in this 3-page article from Green Buildin...

PHDC Passive Downdraught Cooling Systems - Ceramic Evaporators
Report describes the EvapCool project to design, develop and test new porous ceramic products for improved evaporator performance as part of an inn...

Simulations of Flow in a Solar Roof Collector Driven by Natural Convection
The solar roof collector studied in this four-page paper is a cheap and simple way of providing natural ventilation for low cost homes.

Sola Roof Presentation
Explains the Sola Roof used on greenhouse.

Solar Ammonia Absorption Refrigerator Report 2011
A team of mechanical engineering students has designed a compact refrigerator that is powered by solar energy, especially for use in remote, harsh ...

Solar Chimney Fact Sheet
One-page fact sheet describes how a solar chimney works.

Solar Cob Oven How-To Slides
A series of fifteen slides shows the enitre process for making a solar oven from cob construction.

Solar Heated Worm Compost Bin
This 14-page paper will share the design process and the details of the final design implementation. The project was unique in that it involved con...

Solar Homes for North Carolina
A Guide To Building and Planning Solar Homes -- Solar Homes for North Carolina II, A Design Competition Planbook • June 1999 Energy Division, N...

Solar House Chiryu Japan
Four-page booklet describes a passive solar house in Chiryu, Japan.

Solar Power Feasibility Study Birmingham UK 2003
FaberMaunsell was been commissioned by Groundwork Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council, England, UK, to examine the potential for using ...

Solarei New Directions in Passive Solar Article 2013
This brief article describes passive solar architecture, written by passive solar architect Duncan Firth of Solarei in New Zealand.

Starek Residence Article 2007
One-page article about the Starek's organic, passive solar home near Boulder, Colorado.

Sundance Design and Installation Guide for Greenhouses and Other Sun Spaces
Design & Installation Guide for cover greenhouses, solariums, pool enclosures, covered walkways, patio covers & skylights with Multi-Wall Polycarbo...

Sunset Addition Case Study (California)
One-page case study of a passive solar addition to a home in San Francisco, California

Sustainable Features of Vernacular Architecture in Arid regions
This 15-page paper describes the use of passive cooling methods in hot, arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa.

Ten Tricks for Optimizing a PassivHaus AUG 2011
This five-page article offers ten tips for optimizing a passive house.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard—A comparison to other cold climate low-energy houses
The Passivhaus (PH) standard is a set of voluntary criteria for an ultra-low energy use home. Originally developed in Germany for houses and low-ri...

Throwing Stones Case Study (California)
One-=page case study of a passive solar home in Redwood City, California, USA.

Tomorrow House (Construison Demain) Article in FRENCH
This seven-page article describes the Tomorrow House, or Construison Demain, a prefab passive house in France.

Tomorrow House CMB Report FRENCH
CMB is the builder/prefabricator of passive, wood houses in France. This 20-page report outlines the energy-efficient construction and passive stra...

Tucson Zero Energy Home Report
The final report summarizing the design, construction, and monitoring of a Zero Energy Home (ZEH) at Armory Park del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The pr...

UBC Language of Light Article
This three-page article describes the photovoltaic wind tower at Regent College, designed by architect Clive Grout and artist Sarah Hall.

UBC Regent Wind Tower Award
One-page description of the award received for the UBC Regent College wind tower.

UBC Wind Tower PVs
This one-page fact sheet describes the south-facing facade of a UBC wind tower will collect solar energy during the day, and use this energy for il...

Use of Solar Design Days in Passive Solar House
In this eight-page paper, the use of solar design days is explored to improve the efficiency of the design process in passive solar houses.

Using Solar Energy Powerpoint SEPT 2010
Presentation to Seattle-area designers and builders that focuses on how solar energy can be incorporated into homes using technological strategies ...

Water Wall Solar Design Manual (Passive)
This 29-page manual describes how to build and use water wall passive solar systems.

What Is Passive House by Rob Harrison
This three-page report by Seattle architect Rob Harrison rpovides an overview of the Passive House standard for super energy efficient buildings.

Wind Towers Article
This two-page article describes the use of wind towers in naturally ventilated buildings.

YMCA Solar Greenhouse Handout
This two-page handout explains the YMCA Solar Greenhouse in Blacksburg, Virginia, that uses a large thermal mass beneath the floor to store the sun...

YMCA Solar Greenhouse Slides 2012
These slides tell the story of the unique YMCA Solar Greenhouse in Blacksburg, Virginia, that uses a large thermal mass beneath the floor to store ...


Files tagged by Passive (75)  ^

A Water Wall Solar Design Manual
This 29-page guide shows you how to build a passive solar water wall system.

Assessment of daylight quality in simple rooms
This 82-page report presents the results of simulations of daylight conditions in three rooms with three different window configurations: – a v...

BaleHaus Passive Home Data Sheet (UK)
Five-page summary of the proposed BaleHaus.

CEED Passive House School Article - GMC Magazine MAY 2011
This four-page article describes the Center for Energy Efficient Design in Franklin County, Virginia, the first public school in the US built to Pa...

Challenges of Designing and Building a Net Zero Energy Home in a Cold High-Latitude Climate
Describes the challenges of designing and building the Riverdale NetZero energy home in the extreme climate, energy pricing and policy conditions. ...

Chenequa Residence Case Study
This case study describes the Chenequa Residence in Wisconsin, designed by architect Robert Oshatz. It was written by junior architect Andrew Boyne...

Climate Responsive Architecture of Tabriz Iran 2007
The main goal of this paper is to present vernacular principles and elements for building design and development, by considering environmental qual...

Climate-Based Daylight Analysis for Residential Buildings
This 91-page report describes the impact of various window con gurations, external obstructions, orientations and location on useful daylight illu...

Comparative Evaluation of Four Daylighting Software Programs
This 16-page paper presents a comparative evaluation from the perspective of building and daylighting design practice. A contemporary building comp...

Deciding on Energy Priorities When Building New
Reducing a building’s operational energy requirement is the best protection against an uncertain future, as regardless of where energy comes from...

E-Retrofit Passive House Report
This 45-page report describes the development of the E-Retrofit Passive House tool-kit for retrofitting homes and multifamily residential to Passi...

Eden Project: Making of the Structural Domes
An 11-page brochure documents the structural design of the Eden Project domes.

Eielson Visitor Center Denali Fact Sheet
Two-page fact sheet about the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park, at the end of a 66-mile dirt road.

Glazing Design Brief
This 20-page report covers glazing selections, life-cycle analysis, codes, etc.

Greenhouse Effect on Three Morris-Nunn Projects
Three passive design projects by Morris-Nunn and Associates are reviewed in this six-page article.

Iranian Wind Catcher and Natural Ventilation White Paper
This six-page white paper analyzes different configurations of wind catchers used to cool buildings, and determines the optimal form.

Iranian Wind Towers Article
This three-page article discusses wind towers used for passive cooling in hot, arid climate.

Islandwood Book by Mithun Architects
This 19-page book provides the story of the design of the site and buildings for Islandwood nature learning center on Bainbridge Island in Washingt...

Islandwood Sustainable Map
One-page illustration of the sustainable features of Islandwood in Washington State.

Landscaping to Conserve Energy Annotated Bibliography (Florida)
This 11-page document provides a bibliography to create a clearing house for a great deal of the literature relating to energy conservative landsca...

Light-zone(s): as Concept and Tool
This 11-page paper investigates light-zone(s)2 as concept and tool, which can be taken as a point of departure for a new method to perceive, consi...

Lighthouse Zero Energy House Fact File
This 36-page report details the design and construction of the Lighthouse Net Zero Carbon house in the UK designed by Shepherd Robson architects an...

Natural Ventilation Overview
This brief paper from MIT describes two related concepts: the use of natural ventilation to control indoor air quality and the use of natural venti...

No Brainer List for Architects
The Organic Architect recommends that the items on this list be incorporated into every project to create a sustainable building.

OKO House Data Sheet (UK)
This data sheet summarizes the OKO House project, a modular, prefabricated design.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living Overview
This 16-page case study provides an overview of this project that provides all its own power and treats its own wastewater on site.

Optimizing Water Trombe Walls
In this project a group set out to study the optimal water wall thickness of water Trombe walls. We built a controlled environment in which the eff...

Parkview Green Integrated Building Design ARUP
This 49-slide presentation covers the systems in the Parkview Green building in Beijing.

Passiv Haus Residential Criteria
This 7-page document outlines the criteria required for certification to Passive House standard as set by the Passiv Haus Institute.

Passive Cooling for Your North Carolina Home
This eight-page report provides an overview of passive cooling for North Carolina.

Passive Design Toolkit
Best practices for Vancouver, BC, Canada, are described in this 42-page guide to using passive design principles.

Passive Homes Guidelines Ireland
This 47-page terrific guide provides info on the design and construction of passive house dwellings in Ireland.

Passive House Commercial Buildings Examples
Powerpoint slides show examples of commercial buildings that have certified to PassivHaus standard since 1996.

Passive House Retrofit Article
This four-page article describes how exiting homes can be retrofitted to meet Passive House standards.

Passive House Takes Root in US Article
Three-page article about the Passive House institute and standard in the US, adopted from Germany's program.

Passive Houses You Can Heat with a Hair Dryer
This six-page paper describes Passive Houses

Passive Solar Building Design (Australia)
Practical activities for teachers to help students investigate the main design principles that affect the thermal comfort of buildings.

Passive Solar Design Basics
Four-page brochure outlines basics of passive solar design in residential design.

Passive Solar Design for the Home
Eight-page fact sheet covers the basic for designing a passive solar home in the US.

Passive Solar Design Part 1 of 2
Five-page guideline for passive solar design in homes. Part one of two parts.

Passive Solar Design Part 2 of 2
This is the second part of a two-part guide to passive solar design in homes.

Passive Solar Greenhouse in Ladakh
This 61-page document describes the entire process for constructing a passive solar greenhouse in the Ladakh region of the Himalayan Mountains wher...

Passive Solar Handbook: Intro to Passive Solar Concepts V 1 of 5
This si Volume 1 of a five-volume series. Solar concepts described in this handbook fall into two broad categories: (1) those that use the energy ...

Passive Solar Home Design Checklist
Two-page fact sheet on how to apply passive solar concepts to home design.

PassivHaus Becomes Active—Further Commentary on PassivHaus
Additional commentary and response to criticism of the first article: "The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard—A comparison to other cold climate...

Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic Article
Clearing away misconceptions will improve the dialogue between Passivhaus advocates and American builders in this 3-page article from Green Buildin...

Poplar Forest A Masterpiece Rediscovered 1993
This 10-page article describes Thomas Jefferson's retreat, Poplar Forest.

Prioritizing Green—It's the Energy Stupid
This article discusses the fact that many “green” buildings don’t save energy (see “MIS-LEED-ING” sidebar). Why? They have too much glass...

Psychometric Chart Tutorial
The Psychrometric Chart Tutorial is a dynamic graphic and audio presentation that shows the relationship between air temperature and humidity, and ...

Simulations of Flow in a Solar Roof Collector Driven by Natural Convection
The solar roof collector studied in this four-page paper is a cheap and simple way of providing natural ventilation for low cost homes.

SkyCalc Users Guide
This 24-page guide helps you understand SkyCalc. SkyCalc is a program that reduces the tedium of optimizing your skylight design with a simple-to-u...

Skylighting Guidelines Series of 7 Documents
The Skylighting Guidelines are a collection of documents intended to help architects and engineers use skylights to maximum advantage in commercial...

Solar Cob Oven How-To Slides
A series of fifteen slides shows the enitre process for making a solar oven from cob construction.

Solar Greenhouses for Trans Himalayas GUIDELINES
This 73-page construction manual outlines the entire process for creating a solar greenhouse in the trans-Himalayan area of Asia where there are sh...

Solar Renovation Demonstration Projects 1998
This 164-page document presents 16 different solar renovation projects, including the design processes. The projects include the renovation of hous...

Starek Residence Article 2007
One-page article about the Starek's organic, passive solar home near Boulder, Colorado.

Sunset Addition Case Study (California)
One-page case study of a passive solar addition to a home in San Francisco, California

Sustainable Features of Vernacular Architecture in Arid regions
This 15-page paper describes the use of passive cooling methods in hot, arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard—A comparison to other cold climate low-energy houses
The Passivhaus (PH) standard is a set of voluntary criteria for an ultra-low energy use home. Originally developed in Germany for houses and low-ri...

Throwing Stones Case Study (California)
One-=page case study of a passive solar home in Redwood City, California, USA.

Tomorrow House (Construison Demain) Article in FRENCH
This seven-page article describes the Tomorrow House, or Construison Demain, a prefab passive house in France.

Tomorrow House CMB Report FRENCH
CMB is the builder/prefabricator of passive, wood houses in France. This 20-page report outlines the energy-efficient construction and passive stra...

Use of Solar Design Days in Passive Solar House
In this eight-page paper, the use of solar design days is explored to improve the efficiency of the design process in passive solar houses.

Water Wall Solar Design Manual (Passive)
This 29-page manual describes how to build and use water wall passive solar systems.

Wind Towers Article
This two-page article describes the use of wind towers in naturally ventilated buildings.

YMCA Solar Greenhouse Handout
This two-page handout explains the YMCA Solar Greenhouse in Blacksburg, Virginia, that uses a large thermal mass beneath the floor to store the sun...


Resources (136)  ^

Affordable Passive Homes (Illinois, USA)
A non-profit organization based in Urbana, IL, committed to designing delightful and energy-efficient buildings to especially serve low- to middle-...

An Appalachian House (Virginia, USA)
This thesis project is a proposal for the design of a house situated on a plot of land within the town limits of Blacksburg, Virginia. It incorpora...

Anastasio Design (California, USA)
Anastasio Design specializes in passive solar design and  has been owned and operated by John Anastasio since 2004. It is located in San Ra...

AustriaHaus Videos Link
Multiple videos offered on the Austria Passive House Group website, documenting the construction of AustriaHaus, the first Passive House in Cana...

Austrian Passive House Group
This website fully documents the design, construction and operation of AustriaHaus, the first Passive House in Canada built for the 2010 Winter ...

Bensonwood Homes (New England USA)
Bensonwood Homes is known for its artful timber frame homes. It is also, a builder of innovative, hybrid and non-timbered panelized homes as wel...

Bertschi School (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Bertschi School in Seattle, Washington, is an independent elementary school committed to providing children a balanced education that nu...

Building Evolution (Canada)
Sustainable design using passive house and other principles.

Built Passive House Projects Database
A searchable database of passive house projects.
This database is a project of the Passivhaus Institut, the Passivhaus Dienstleistung GmbH...

CEED Building Video Link
WSLQ 10 TV visits the Center for Energy Efficient Design in Franklin County, Virginia, to show off its ultra-green features.

Center for Energy Efficient Design (Virginia, USA)
The Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED) is a state-of-the-art educational center that is housed in a net zero, energy-efficient building. ...

Certified Passive House Consultant (USA)
PHIUS CPHC passive house training program is tailored to North America’s unique climate variations, market conditions and building compon...

CO2 Saver House (Poland)
This simple sustainable house designed by architect Peter Kuczia – like a chameleon – blends with its surrounding area on Laka Lake ...

Composting Greenhouse Provides Hot Water
Our household of 2 adults and three children obtained all our household hot water from a composting greenhouse we constructed in Portland, Orego...

Conference on Passive Houses
Website in German and Russian. Annual European conference addresses all aspects of passive house design.

Dennis Holloway Solar Architect (New Mexico, USA)
This website is a precipitation of knowledge acquired through Holloway's practice and research in the 1970's regarding the use of solar energy t...

Druk White Lotus School (India)
We are an award-winning project, inspired by the vision of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, a spiritual leader of Ladakh. Our school offer...

Earthships
Earthship Biotecture, based in Taos, NM, USA is a global company offering proven, totally sustainable designs, construction drawings & detai...

Eco Passive House Greece (Blog)
Passive house proejcts for southern Europe with video animations and other info.

EcoSense House (Vancouver Island, Canada)
Eco-Sense is a home, a lifestyle, a work ethic and a design for life created by Ann and Gord Baird on Vancouver Island, in the Pacific Northwest...

EcoSense Living Blog
Ann and Gord Baird built a zero energy home using cob and passive design techniques. This blog provides thier story and how they achieved thier ...

Green Cone Solar Compost Digester
The Green Cone System is a smart, easy-to-use, efficient household tool, which reduces waste and eliminates most of the problem of food disposal...

Green Passive House Daily (Global News)
A great digest of news from Green Harmony Home featuring articles on all things green and passive.

Green Passive Solar Magazine
This website highlights passive solar design, its practicality, beauty and creativity within its design and building principles. The many differ...

GreenTec Eco Homes (Ireland)
GreenTec Eco Homes Ltd specialise in the building of Eco and Passive Homes certified to the highest standards. During each build careful conside...

Greywater Cold Condition Suggestions

Heliocentric (Utah)
Heliocentric is an energy and environmental engineering firm that provides technical assistance, consulting services, and systems solutions to o...

Hoshino Wedding Chapel Japan
Chapel designed by American organic architect Ken Kellogg in Nagano, Japan.

How To Design & Build An Energy Efficient House (e book)
Reducing the Footprint

This e-book describes our story of how we designed & built an energy efficient, 99% chemical free, passive...

International Passive House Magazine (Global)
This online magazine follows the Passive House programs across the world. Great resources and up-to-date info.

iStudio Architects (Washington, D.C., USA)
Rick Harlan Schneider, AIA, APA, LEED AP, is principal of iStudio, an architecture, design and sustainable communities planning firm in Washingt...

Jim Burton Architect / Blip Design (Seattle)
We specialize in remodels and additions in Seattle, Washington, USA, and believe it’s often more environmentally responsible, and cost-eff...

Karawitz Architecture
Full service architecture firm, designed the first certified Passive Haus near Paris in Bessancourt, France.

Kogarah Town Square Passive Design (Australia)
The Kogarah Town Square project successfully established new sustainability targets in construction, planning and design through the holistic imple...

Lagniappe Solar House Video Link
Architect Steven Bingler of Concordia Architects leads a tour of these new Lower 9th Ward homes in New Orleans. The Lagniappe Homes feature sola...

Le Maison de Demain
In FRENCH. This website shows the modular House of the Future, built of wood and covering about 2,150 sq. ft. The system showca...

Long Branch Environmental Education Center (Asheville, North Carolina, USA)
The Long Branch Environmental Education Center, Inc. is a small educational institute in Buncombe County's Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles no...

Omega Center for Sustainable Living Case Study
This online case study provides an extensive review of the Omega Center building, site, processes, and systems. The Omega Center for Sustainable...

Passiv Haus Building Certification (Global)
Passive House buildings maintain pleasant indoor temperatures year round with extremely low energy demands. Such buildings require careful desig...

Passive and Hybrid Downdraught Cooling Systems in Buildings
The demand for cooling in domestic and non-domestic buildings is rising throughout the world. This increases the reliance on conventional fuels ...

Passive Background Ventilation (New Zealand)
Passive ventilation relies on the principle of variations of air pressure, whereby fresh air enters the house on the windy side forcing stale an...

Passive Buildings Canada
Passive Buildings Canada is a federally incorporated non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the Passive House (PassivHaus...

Passive Cooling Article
Based on his book Sun, Wind and Light, G.Z. Brown identifies four passive cooling strategies: natural ventilation, evaporative cooling,...

Passive Design (NZ)
Level helps you design and build homes in New Zealand which have less impact on the environment and are healthier, more comfortable, and have lower...

Passive Design from Level (New Zealand)
Passive design is about ensuring that the fabric of the building and the spaces within it respond effectively to local climate and site conditio...

Passive Development Ltd (Ireland, UK)
We offer a range of consultancy and construction services to private individuals and to the commercial sector. We are currently covering the ent...

Passive House and Home (Ireland and UK)
This website provides detailed information regarding passive building.

Passive Homes Ltd are building experts with more than thirty year...

Passive House Builders (Ireland)
At Passive House Builders Ltd, we design and build both Passive and Energy Efficient standard homes. Our experience in building houses ensures w...

Passive House High Efficiency Ventilation
It is essential that the ventilation system in a passive house can provide high quality indoor air for the following reasons: A continuous exchange...

Passive House Institute (Germany)
Website in German, English, French

Passive House New Zealand
The Passive House Institute NZ supports the design and building industry, as well as the public, with unbiased information about all aspects of ...

Passive House Retrofit Tool
In the past few years, passive house principles and components have been successfully introduced in the retrofitting of existing buildings. Depe...

Passive House US (USA)
The PHIUS+ Certification program combines a thorough passive house design verification protocol with a stringent Quality Assurance and Quality C...

Passive Solar Building Design
Passive solar buildings aim to maintain interior thermal comfort throughout the sun's daily and annual cycles whilst reducing the requirement for a...

Passive Solar Composting Toilet (North Carolina, USA)
An alternative on-site waste recycling system that reduces pollution and creates safe and nutrient-rich fertilizer for gardens and farms. This P...

Passive Solar Design (California, USA)
Proper orientation, overhangs, shading, windows, thermal massing, attached greenhouses, etc.

Passive Solar Design Online Design Guidelines
From Sustainable Sources website.

Passive Solar Energy Book Dowloadable from BuiltItSolar
The book assumes no prior knowledge of solar heating and cooling. It starts with the basics and builds from there. The writing style is very dow...

Passive Solar Greenhouse
Plans, ideas, how-to, etc. for greenhouse construction and operation.

Passive Solar Guidelines
Solar energy is a radiant heat source that causes natural processes upon which all life depends. Some of the natural processes can be managed th...

Passive Solar Guidelines for Northern New Mexico (USA)
These guidelines are largely based on talks given and materials published by Dr. J. Douglas Balcomb, formerly the head of passive solar research...

Passive Solar Home Design
Describes window location, glazing type, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, direct gain, indirect gain, isolated gain and sum...

Passive Solar Home Design
Website from USDOE describes aspects of passive solar home design, with chapters on How It Works, Design Elements, Direct Gain, Indirect Ga...

Passive Solar Home Plans
The 91 passive solar home plans provided on Build It Solar's website were the winners of a passive solar home design competition sponsored by HU...

Passive Solar-Heated Bungalow (Ottowa, Ontario, Canada)
Record of the progress of the design of a solar house in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 45.3N, 75.6W. The house gets all its space heat and most ...

Passive Ventilation (New Zealand)
Passive ventilation is the supply and removal of this air through openings in the building’s envelope using natural wind flow and temperat...

PassivHaus Case Studies (in German)
Wonderful website that provides images and specifications for more than 1,300 passive houses, mainly in Europe. GERMAN

PassivHaus Database of Projects (Austria)
Database of more than 1000 passiv haus projects in Austria.

PassivHaus Osterriech (Austria) in German
This passive house website provides information on passive houses, including an extensive database of 1000+ projects. In GERMAN.

PVC Hoophouse for Your Garden DIY
by Travis Saling An unheated PVC hoophouse can be a useful addition to your garden. It keeps excessive rain off the plants, blocks the wind, rai...

Randall Stout Architects (California USA)
Incorporated in 1997, Randall Stout Architects, Inc. (RSA) is a Los Angeles-based architectural, interiors, planning, and urban design firm, wit...

Renewable Energy World
Links to blogs on bioenergy, geothermal, green power, hydropower,hydrogen fuel cells, ocean energy, passive solar, solar, daylighting, solar the...

Residential Shipping Container Primer
Residential Shipping Container Primer (RSCP™) is a reference for building with ISO Shipping containers. It is managed by architects and d...

Rideau Residence Slideshow (Ottowa, Ontario, Canada)
This slideshow documents the entire construction process of a Passive House in Ontario, Canada - from demolition of the structurally-deficient e...

Rocky Top Living Community (Yakima, Washington, USA)
A ten-home community near Yakima, Washington, that features passive solar design, rainwater collection, natural ventilation, no-VOC interiors, s...

Scrap Eater Solar Composter
The Scrap Eater is the only truly solar-powered composter. The composting process is accelerated by the warm environment. Using conventional tec...

Shift House Blog
The Shift House sits on a plateau above Hood River and boasts panoramic views of two mountains: Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. Adams to the north...

Singapore Zero Energy Building Website
The first Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in South-east Asia was retrofitted from an existing building (2009) in Singapore. Converted from a three...

Solar Buildings Research Network (Canada)
The vision of the Solar Buildings Research Network (SBRN) is the development of the solar-optimized building as an integrated advanced technologica...

Solar Composting Advanced Toilet (Washington, USA)
The Solar Composting Advanced Toilet is designed to recycle human excrement and urine into a relatively dry and deodorized compost which can be ...

Solar Energy Society of Canada
SESCI promotes the increased use of solar and other renewable energies in Canada. To achieve its goals, SESCI has developed programs in three br...

Solar Energy Storage Wall for Passive Survivability (Ottowa, Canada)
 The entirely passive residential solar heating system described here was conceived for passive survivability, with particular attention to...

Solar Greenhouse Design (USA)
All greenhouses collect solar energy. Solar greenhouses are designed not only to collect solar energy during sunny days but also to store heat f...

Solar Heated and Cooled Greenhouses
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Solar Home Plans
This eco friendly Passive Solar House from Green Harmony Home blends a high-performance building envelope with passive solar, zero energy techno...

Solar Shading
LEARNING HUB FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL SOLAR SHADING INDUSTRY

Solar Sun Rings
The Solar Sun Ring is a passive solar swimming pool heating device made from two sheets of heavyweight U.V. resistant vinyl. The upper clear lay...

Solar Umbrella House Video Link
A video from the Ultimate House program walks through this sustainable California house and interviews the architects. Nestled ...

Solarei Architecture (New Zealand)
Solarei is an architecture and design company focusing on sustainability, architecture, landscape and interior. We offer creative sustainable d...

Solarei Contemporary Passive Solar House (New Zealand)
The brief was to design a three bedroom passive solar energy efficient family home on a medium scale budget ($400,000 NZD) which would passively...

SolaRoof Wiki
The Sola Roof goal is to transform our homes and communities through an Open Source initiative for Sustainable Living sponsored by and based on ...

South Jamaica Branch Library (Queens, New York, USA)
The South Jamaica Branch Library in Queens, NY, was the first building designed and constructed under the New York City High Performance Buildin...

Steinhude Sea Recreation Facility 3-D Model (Germany)
This is a 3-D model in the Google 3D Warehouse of the Steinhude Sea Recreation facility in Germany. This small recreation facility building is l...

StrawBale Farms (Trego, Wisconsin, USA)
Situated on forty-four rolling acres in the hills of Trego, WI. the Strawbale House offers a unique educational experience. Come and see sustain...

Structures Design Build (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)
Structures Design/Build was formed in early 1999 by Steven Strauss and Adam Cohen in Roanoke, Virginia. Structures Design/Build is a dedicated t...

Sun on Tap Article
This brief article by Frederic S. Langa from Rodale Press describes how You Can Cut Hot Water Bill By Two-Thirds... With A Fine-Tuned Passive...

Sun Plans (USA)
Browse this site for many house plans featuring passive solar design.

Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies
Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 2nd Edition

How to design buildings that heat with the sun, co...

Sunbiosis Architecture (Virginia, USA)
SUNBIOSIS plc is a small, full service architecture firm in Charlottesville, Virginia that offers sustainable design and LEED consulting service...

Suncatcher Solar Homes (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Suncatcher Solar is a Saskatchewan-based solar design company dedicated to providing quality passive solar home designs and solar energy and hea...

Sungazing House in Utah
Built in 2010 by Kevin and Svetlana O’Meara, the Sungazing House was designed and constructed to honor the power, energy and movement of t...

Sunlight Homes (Albuquerque, New mexico, USA)
In business since 1975 and have always specialized in sustainable, solar residential architecture. Over the last 35+ years we have designed home...

Sunny Woods Multifamily Housing (Zurich, Switzerland)
Articles from Home Energy Magazine describe the Sunny Woods energy-efficient, passive solar apartment complex designed by Beat Kampfen in Zurich...

Sunspaces and Solar Greenhouses
Variety of plans for design and cosntruction of solar greenhouses, sunspaces, sunrooms, low-cost, strawbale, etc. for boht warm and cold climate...

Terra Sol Design & Building (Washington, USA)
Designers and builders of passive solar and strawbale homes in Colorado and Port Townsend, WA.

The $15,000 Solar Arcade Article
In the past year or so, while most archi tects have been struggling to develop plans for homes that could be erected for less than half again th...

The Daylight Site
This website is run and facilitated by VELUX A/S. We support research concerning the impact of daylight and windows on the visual environment an...

The Ecological Home Podcasts
The Eco-Logical Home offers podcasts that explore ways to create healthy, energy efficient, and joyful places to live. The goal is to provide to...

The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration (Virginia, USA)
The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration is a learning center for middle and high school students in Franklin County, Vir...

Utah Passive House (Millcreek, Utah, USA)
OurPassiveHouse.org documents the design and construction of the first passive house in Utah, to be located in the Millcreek area. As of October...

Veljko Milkovic Research & Development Center (Serbia)
Veljko Milkovic pioneered the self-heating eco-house concept for his passive solar residential designs in Serbia. The homes utilize the sun for ...

W3 Architects (California, USA)
At W3, the focus is on demonstrating the seamless integration of resource-conserving technologies and materials with a high aesthetic standard o...

Watrous Associates Architects (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Watrous Associates specializes in passive-solar construction. Since 1985, Watrous Associates has set the standard in the Midwest for passive-sol...

Wayne Design
Specializing in Passive Solar, Energy Efficient, Super Insulated, Passive Cooling home designs that utilize science and mother nature to heat &a...

Winter Sun Design (Washington, USA)
Residential building design with specialties in passive solar, sustainable (green), building design and consulting.

Zero Energy Design
A website devoted to zero energy design. Resources on passive solar cooling, ZED architecture, solar heating, etc.

Zero Energy Home
The Appalachian Student Newspaper
Special to The Appalachian
by CHARLES NICOLETTI II
Intern News Reporter

A group of A...

Zion National Park Visitor Center, Utah (USA)
Passive cooling and solar power are featured in this building in the hot, arid canyons of Utah.

Zomeworks Passive Solar Energy Products (USA)
Solar panel racking and sun tracking, cool storage for batteries, sundogs, solar hot water, etc.


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ArchiPhysics Passive Solar Software (Free)
This program was written to show how different variables affect the indoor temperature of a building.

Chhaya 2.0
Chhaya 2.0© is an Excel based design tool that helps designers optimize glazing size and orientation, shading and natural ventilation to ex...

Climate Consultant
Climate Consultant is a UCLA Energy Design Tool. Scroll down on the Energy Design Tools page linked here until you see the link. It calculates...

Energy-10 Energy Simulation Software (fee-based)
For purchase from SBIC online store. ENERGY-10™ software is a powerful design tool that analyzes and illustrates the energy and cost savin...

MeteoNorm (fee-based Global)
MeteoNorm is a global meteorological database for solar energy and applied meteorology. It contains comprehensive climatological data for solar ...

SolaCalc (UK)
Simulates passive solar houses by calculating heat losses and solar gains in residential buildings, using interlinked worksheets and very extens...

SolArch (UK)
Solarch is a design tool for architects. It is for professionals who are familiar with passive solar energy. SolArch features DESIGN CHECKLISTS ...

Sombrero 3.01 (Germany)
A PC-tool to calculate shadows on arbitrarily oriented surfaces. For both, active use of solar energy (domestic hot water, photovoitaics) as wel...

SunAngle Calculator
Calculates solar angles based on location, date, and time. It's useful in passive solar building design, PV and solar thermal system design and ...

SUNREL
Aids in the design of single- or multizone energy-efficient buildings where the loads are dominated by the dynamic interactions between the buil...


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AustriaHaus Passive House Video
A video of Whistler's first Passive House, built and showcased for the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia.

Biohaus (Minnesota, USA)
We are proud to announce the Waldsee BioHaus, the first certified Passive House in North America, and has been nominated for prestigious awards....

California Academy of Sciences Veg Roof Video
It's one of the most expansive and one of the most complex living roofs ever designed- the 197,000-square-foot rooftop is home to 1.7 million na...

EcoSense House Vancouver Canada Video
Peak Moment 103: Wanting to live a "reasonable, comfortable life" in tune with nature, Ann and Gord Baird are building a near "net zero energy" ...

Eko Kuca Eco House Serbia Video
Veljko Milkovic's Self-heating eco-house building concept o...

GO Home Passive House Maine Video
This GO Home Passive House is the result of extensive design and engineering work to create a home that has the highest energy performance at an...

GO Home Passive House Maine Video 1 of 2
The GO Home in Belfast, Maine, USA is the first Passive House Certified Home in Maine and only the 12th Passive House in the entire United State...

GO Home Passive House Maine Video 2 of 2
The GO Home in Belfast, Maine, USA is the first Passive House Certified Home in Maine and only the 12th Passive House in the entire United State...

Islandwood Buildings that Teach Video
A portrait of the built environment at IslandWood. We meet the architects, the designers, and their "clients:" the children and the land. Buildi...

Our Passive Solar House Explained Video
A guided tour that explains how a couple in Michigan USA use the sun to heat their house and make it more enjoyable living space.

Passiv Haus Dr Wolfgang Feist Interview Video (Pt 3)
Part 3 Renewables and zero carbon Dr Feist discusses onsite generation, renewables and the UKs zero carbon target. Dr Wolfgang Feist, Director o...

Passiv Haus Dr Wolfgang Feist Interview Video (Pt 5)
Part 5 Personal views Dr Feist discusses the important influences in his work and his hopes for the future. Dr Wolfgang Feist, Director of the P...

Passive Hanse House Video (Germany)
See how easy it is to build a custom designed HANSE-house Made in Germany as this video take syou on a trip to see the completed product.

Passive House Concept Video (Germany)
German Passive Houses Design Concept visuals at http://www.germanpassivehouses.ie

Passive House Eian Interview Video (Minnesota)
For KAA-eng.com, Caleb Kasper talks to Tim Eian about how the project in New Hope stacks up against the Passive House design standard. Produced ...

Passive House Engineering Video
Nabih Tahan, a Berkeley architect, explains the theory behind a "passive house", which is engineered to minimize the energy required to stay hea...

Passive House Galway (Ireland)
Timber passive house being built in Galway, Ireland built by Scandinavian Homes (www.scanhome.ie) Irish TV program Nationwide (RTE)

Passive House Hanse Haus Video (Germany)
Time lapse video shows construction of a passive house in just eight hours.

Passive House Japan Video
Japan is considered one of the world's most energy-efficient countries,and its industry - carmakers first and foremost - sets standards. Only in...

Passive House Polconstruct Video
Passive Houses technology presentation from www.polconstruct.com / Prezentacja technologii domów pasywnych firmy Polconstruct (www.polcon...

Passive House Sligo Part 1 Video (Ireland)
A passive house built in Sligo in Ireland Irish TV /(RTE1) program Part I of two part-program - About the house with Duncan Stewart

Passive House Sligo Part 2 Video (Ireland)
A passive house being built in Sligo, Ireland - second part - Irish TV /(RTE1) program - About the house with Duncan Stewart

Passive House Walk-Through Video (USA)
"take one" of walking through the modern house passive solar design of our house kit- 1,200 sq. feet feels *really* good. Shows house under cons...

Passive Solar Cooling for Hot Humid Climates
Basic solar science can be used to keep your home cool without electric bills. We've been doing it for decades. By Larry Hartweg ZEDmaster@ZeroE...

Passive Solar Heating Video
Abundant, clean, free, passive solar energy can easily eliminate the need to burn expensive dirty fossil fuels to heat air and water in most pop...

Passive Solar Home - Perfect Use of Solar Energy
We have been livng in a passive solar home for over 20 years. See how we are using solar energy to heat our home.

Passive Solar Panel Tracking
This is a video of the panels being used at the UF biodiesel plant. The solar panel arrays in the Solar Energy Park use a passive tracking syste...

San Diego Children's Museum Video
Planet Progress visits the San Diego Children's Museum, a fabulous passively cooled building. Finger painting and popsicle stick crafting is fai...

Solar Geothermal Hybrid Home (Wisconsin, USA)
This award winning house in Wisconsin gets 70-80% of its heat from the sun and earth with passive solar energy and geothermal radiant slab hydro...

Solar Sunflower Video
Unlike other "active" solar systems that track the sun's position with GPS and reposition panels with motors, Electrical and Computer Engineerin...

Staying Warm: Passive House
Passive Solar (4mins) The Atchisons of Edmonton built a house that has used half the energy of a typical Edmonton house over the last 25 years. ...

Straw Bale House made for $50,000 Video
I built my passive solar straw bale house with earthen plasters in 2000 for $50K (will most likely cost more today, depending on many factors). ...

Sungazing House Built by Tall Pines Video
This four-minute video showcases a zero energy home in the desert. Built with foot-thick structural insulated panels, the Sungazing House in Par...

Sungazing House in Utah Video
The Sungazing House is an award-winning luxury home in Park City, Utah, designed and built to be net-zero energy with the help of thick insulati...

Sustainable House Video
Giovanni Ebono interviews Nina Bishop about the passive solar mud-brick house that she built over ten years in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Aus...

The Solar Village Video
Andreas Delleske is a member of a private group that built a "passive house" that uses only 1.5 litres of oil per square meter per year for heat...

Tim Eian Passive House Interview
For KAA-eng.com, Caleb Kasper talks to Tim Eian about how the project in New Hope stacks up against the Passive House design standard. Produced...

Tomorrow House (Construison Demain) Video
In FRENCH. Video takes you through the prefabricated Tomorrow House, or Construison Demain, in France. This concept house was built in 2007 usin...

Wilson Solar Home Video Canada
John Wilson walks you through the ten year journey that his family undertook to build a natural home in Canada. Natural Living documents what re...


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