26 Mar '12, 12pm

A plague on both their Passive Houses: this schism is going to destroy the movement.

© What's Passive about that? Passivhaus Institute I have always thought that Passive House was a crappy name for a building standard. It isn't passive (they have active ventilation systems) and it isn't only for houses. It confuses everyone who has known about passive solar design since the seventies. They could have kept the European name, Passivhaus, but that's too French for American tastes. They might have called it the 15kWh standard, after its key defining feature, but that is too metric. But crappy name or not, it is now the focus of a new battle in the war over the future of the Passive House standard in North America. TreeHugger has previously covered the split between the European PassivHaus Institute and the American branch ; now Katrin Klingenberg, Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) , is proposing " a modification process to the rigid ...

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