Resilient and Energy Efficient Envelopes for Passive House Standard Buildings
One-third of the energy used to heat atypical house is lost by air leaking through the walls or roof. Consequently, new houses built to standards that require minimal energy to provide thermal comfort rely on airtight building envelopes. While the efficacy of the air barrier in these houses is tested during construction and prior to initial occupancy, there has been no research conducted into the resiliency of these air barriers to displacements caused by earthquakes, wind, or other forces.
A review of literature and case study projects was conducted to determine the wall assemblies and air-barrier methods and materials most commonly used in PassiveHouse construction of single-family and small-scale (less than four-story) multi-family construction in the Pacific Northwest.
|Resilient and Energy Efficient Envelopes for Passive House Standard Buildings
|CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
|September 23, 2021
|February 22, 2022