The low energy use of the first Passivhaus in Bremen, Germany, is surprising, especially since the house has neither solar collectors, nor a PV array, nor a boiler.
I've been a big fan of building scientist John Straube
for a long time. And equally as big of a fan, for just as long, of deep-energy engineer Marc Rosenbaum
. To see the two of them face off over the ultra-low energy use Passivhaus concept is a green-building wonk's dream.
Our always enlightening (and often entertaining) sister site, greenbuildingadvisor.com
, has a pro/con pair of articles under the banner "Does Passivhaus Make Sense Over Here?
Start with John Straube's "con" article first: "Comparing Passivhaus Standard Homes to Other Low-Energy Homes
." It handily describes the Passivhaus standard as it goes along, in case you're not familiar with it.
Then read the "pro" rebut, "In Defense of the Passive House Standard
," by Marc Rosenbaum and David White
(who I don't know, but am going to keep my eyes open for).
Passivhaus or not? Yes and no.