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PassiveHouse Canada Conference: The Importance of Human Connections

It’s been a couple of weeks since Rob and I attended the PassiveHouse Canada Conference (PHCC) in Toronto, and I have spent time reflecting and realizing the importance of human connections. Being in a room full of energetic trailblazers and like-minded folks motivates me in many ways. They inspire potential Passive House applications beyond the…

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Koko and Robert Saar Visit Latvian Passive House Builder

I was recently reminded of the high standards, skills, and detail oriented-nature of Europeans after a recent meeting with Andis Krauklis of Passive House Factory in Latvia. (My father, Wolfgang Wenzel, was a very proud bricklayer when he came to Canada from Germany as a teenager). Andis kindly toured us through his high-tech offices where…

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Challenges with building a Passive House!

By Koko Saar I have a new virtual mentor — is that even a thing? — after reading, and chuckling a lot at, this terrific Canadian Architect article by Ann Cavlovic. Recently, I have been trying to keep my frustrations in perspective while building the first Passive House in Wasaga Beach, because I know the…

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The Beginning of Passive House: Who is Dr. Wolfgang Feist?

The Beginning of Passive House: Who is Dr. Wolfgang Feist? (Dr. Wolfgang Feist with his family in front of the first Passive House in Kranichstein. Photo: Peter Cook) Dr. Wolfgang Feist is credited for building the first Passive House, or at least the first building with the name Passive House. He built the 4-plex Passive…

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Keep the Mouse out with Passive House!

Keep the Mouse out with Passive House!   We all love saving money — that’s a given — and being able to save hundreds of dollars a year on heating and cooling expenses with your Passive House is great. But there’s so much more to it than just saving cash! It’s about sanity. It’s about…

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