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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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Passive House vs Passive Solar Heating EXPLAIN!

What is the difference between passive solar heating and a Passive House? The two terms sound similar, but they are actually very different concepts. Passive solar heating is a term that became popular in the 1970s which pertains to the position of a house in relation to the sun. The most important aspects of passive…

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