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UHC Lecture Series 2010 5) Passive Houses for Active People

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 · 6:30 PM

5. Passive Houses for Active People: How to Plan for Energy-Efficient Buildings

Lecturer: Dave Hampton President, Board of Directors Urban Habitat Chicago
Date/time: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 6:30pm
Location: J. Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library
644 W. Belmont Avenue, 60657 (map)
Cost: FREE

Lecture summary

It’s not necessarily passive, and not just for houses.

Passive House is a high-performance energy-efficient design standard from Germany that grew out of superinsulated homes built in the Midwest from the early 1980’s. Useful for new construction and retrofits alike, projects large and small, this standard is fast gaining ground in the United States as the most realistic way to plan and implement energy-independent buildings.

You will learn:

  • The importance of a tight building envelope.
  • The basics of planning an energy-conscious home.
  • Principles of detailing for energy-efficiency, thermal comfort, moisture control, and good air sealing.

Sample projects will also be highlighted.


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