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Passive House Design

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course discusses the principles of passive house design, building orientation and siting, insulation, windows (glazing), lighting, ventilation, and thermal mass. The benefits of passive design, reduced utility bills, improved quality and comfort of the interior, and benefits to the environment are considered. A goal of passive design is the reduction or elimination of mechanical systems for heating, cooling, and ventilation and instead to use natural processes. The practices and principles discussed in this course are applicable to homes and low-rise buildings.

Energy saving, air quality and improvements of the quality of life and building aesthetics are considered. Challenges such as building structural requirements, and air leaks and leak detection are also considered.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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