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How to build a cheap Passive House

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Re: How to build a cheap Passive House

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Mon 01 Jan 2018, 19:03:00

I think you understand the principles. You need to further understand the "best practices" that have been determined for the area, climate, and type of structure you have. That comes from online research, or from paying a contractor with a reputation in the local area, or from hiring a consultant from the Building Science Corporation: https://buildingscience.com/

It would not be beyond reason to attend one of BSC's "Building Science Fundamentals" classes, such as:

https://buildingscience.com/events/renovation-and-rehabilitation?sku=BSO-18-001

...because many of the things you think you know are wrong, and some important things are not obvious. I'm interested in a distinct type of structure, a timber frame saltbox, and I want complete fire resistance. Therefore I have attended a 1-day workshop on timber frame construction, and researched the following: timber framing, saltbox homes, passive homes, SIPs (structural Insulated panels), magnesium oxide SIPs, magnesium oxide siding, solar PV systems, wind turbines, energy efficient appliances, energy efficient HVAC, early Colonial architecture, etc. etc. etc.

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Re: How to build a cheap Passive House

Unread postby baha » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 08:05:23

Hey Folks, I am thread jumping...

This is my thread and I will do what I want :)

The climate chaos thread is off in another direction but I want to respond to COG here, because it is relative.

COG said..."I like climate controlled environments and flush toilets. Nothing is stopping you from moving to India and living in a slum except yourself. Go forth and do so and give me a range report on how its so much better."

The implication here is that by giving up the perks of modern life and consumerism I will surely be miserable. He wants confirmation of his personal beliefs.

Then he said..."Go to the breaker box, turn off power, go outside and live there. You are free young man, go explore. Enjoy, but for the love of God quit bitching about how good you have it. You must be a millennial."

Ha,ha...my responses of happiness and glee don't fit into his world view. So I should shut up :) :lol:

I have done what he asked. I left the suburban world of excess and consumerism and moved to a world of conservation and self-reliance. I refused the easy availability of grocery store veggies from Mexico and chose freely to do the work needed to grow them better. I will bitch and moan about the social irresponsibility of Duke Power all I want and the people who are dependent on them. I will laugh at you for paying interest rates, bankers, investment advisors, and taxes on all your wonderful income. :) You have lost your connections...

I have found mine. The preps I read on Peakoil.com made so much sense to me 10 years ago that I just did them. I read all the lists and took them to heart. I worked hard and focussed on the goal and here I am :)

But instead of feeling I have lost something...I feel I have gained so much. I live in harmony with Mother Earth and Father Sun. I work with people, and for people, who share my values and direction. I connect with it all right down to the dirt under my fingernails. It feels good :)

I may stop posting my successes because I don't like pompous assholes either. But the truth is...life here struggling to survive is 10 times better than life in suburbia behind a video screen.

You should join me :)
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Re: How to build a cheap Passive House

Unread postby GHung » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 09:58:28

baha wrote:Hey Folks, I am thread jumping...

This is my thread and I will do what I want :)

The climate chaos thread is off in another direction but I want to respond to COG here, because it is relative.

COG said..."I like climate controlled environments and flush toilets. Nothing is stopping you from moving to India and living in a slum except yourself. Go forth and do so and give me a range report on how its so much better."

The implication here is that by giving up the perks of modern life and consumerism I will surely be miserable. He wants confirmation of his personal beliefs.

Then he said..."Go to the breaker box, turn off power, go outside and live there. You are free young man, go explore. Enjoy, but for the love of God quit bitching about how good you have it. You must be a millennial."

Ha,ha...my responses of happiness and glee don't fit into his world view. So I should shut up :) :lol:

I have done what he asked. I left the suburban world of excess and consumerism and moved to a world of conservation and self-reliance. I refused the easy availability of grocery store veggies from Mexico and chose freely to do the work needed to grow them better. I will bitch and moan about the social irresponsibility of Duke Power all I want and the people who are dependent on them. I will laugh at you for paying interest rates, bankers, investment advisors, and taxes on all your wonderful income. :) You have lost your connections...

I have found mine. The preps I read on Peakoil.com made so much sense to me 10 years ago that I just did them. I read all the lists and took them to heart. I worked hard and focussed on the goal and here I am :)

But instead of feeling I have lost something...I feel I have gained so much. I live in harmony with Mother Earth and Father Sun. I work with people, and for people, who share my values and direction. I connect with it all right down to the dirt under my fingernails. It feels good :)

I may stop posting my successes because I don't like pompous assholes either. But the truth is...life here struggling to survive is 10 times better than life in suburbia behind a video screen.

You should join me :)


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Re: How to build a cheap Passive House

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 19:12:35

Ghung - Not to brag but I have a 100% passive house: it just sits there and doesn't do a f*cking thing. LOL.

Actually super insolated and very efficient AC. And just ran the numbers again for some solar assist but my electricity is just so cheap it's very difficult to justify.
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Re: How to build a cheap Passive House

Unread postby GHung » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 19:39:39

ROCKMAN wrote:Ghung - Not to brag but I have a 100% passive house: it just sits there and doesn't do a f*cking thing. LOL.

Actually super insolated and very efficient AC. And just ran the numbers again for some solar assist but my electricity is just so cheap it's very difficult to justify.


You drill up natural gas. Natural gas makes electricity. Electricity runs your AC, keeps your house cool. ===> Enjoying the fruits of your labor :razz:
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