How compact is compact? And how are we getting away with it?

I’ve posted a lot about the ‘passive’ part of our ‘Passive Not Massive’ moniker, now it’s time to talk about the ‘not massive’ part.  Many of our visitors are surprised, that our house isn’t as small as they expected. In the beginning we joked about it being a tiny house, but then we switched toContinue reading “How compact is compact? And how are we getting away with it?”

To certify or not to certify?

We know certification is an essential component of passive house and we fully understand why.  We are passionate about passive house (PH), and what it means for a healthy, comfortable, high performing and energy efficient home; however, sadly, our house won’t achieve passive house certification.  Why aren’t we going to be certified?  A lot ofContinue reading “To certify or not to certify?”

“In by Christmas” doesn’t mean done by Christmas

We were very lucky to be able to move into our new home 4 weeks before Christmas. The holy grail! It prompted many comments of “oh, you’re in by Christmas!”.  Although we’re in, we aren’t ready for Kevin McCloud to swing by just yet. There’s still a few things to be done; some cosmetic, someContinue reading ““In by Christmas” doesn’t mean done by Christmas”

Building site bin chickens

Building a house is expensive, building a passive house possibly even more so (even if it is compact). We’ve made every attempt to reduce costs where possible. One place we’ve attempted to save money is in waste removal, rather than have it included in the building contract we agreed to keep the site tidy andContinue reading “Building site bin chickens”

Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV).

The passive house pillar that raises the most eyebrows is probably the HRV system, the heat recovery ventilation system. It’s needed due to the house being super airtight (thanks to the membrane and double glazed windows) meaning we need a system to ensure fresh air inside the house. The HRV will swap fresh air fromContinue reading “Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV).”

Getting clear on windows

It’s been an exciting two weeks with the window installation making our house feel more like a home. Thermally broken double (or sometimes triple) glazed windows are the third pillar of passive house currently being incorporated into our house. Window selection and installation in passive house combines consideration of thermal properties and air tightness. TheContinue reading “Getting clear on windows”

It’s gotta be tight. Airtight!

The next passive house principle being realised in our house is airtightness. Say whaaaat? Or at least that is the reaction we get when we tell people we need to make the house airtight. People often think it is a given, but it’s not. When we say airtight, we mean Tupperware-tight! Airtightness is important toContinue reading “It’s gotta be tight. Airtight!”

Insulation: keeping us cosy and cool

Eleven weeks into the build and one of the key components that will make our home a high performing energy efficient house arrived on site, and is now being incorporated into the structure. Three trucks delivered 150 cubic metres of Pavatex, a wood fibre product that will provide two layers of insulation. Insulation is oneContinue reading “Insulation: keeping us cosy and cool”