Passive House – A Building Revolution – Documentary

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Passive House — a Building Revolution! describes the beginning of Passive House in America’s super-insulated houses of the 1970s. Although abandoned here, the movement was carried forward by building scientists in Germany. Today there are 25,000 such buildings in Europe. The film explains the environmental challenge and opportunity represented by buildings. Passive houses should cost less than conventional buildings based on a lifecycle cost analyses and can provide better comfort and air quality. The film also introduces the importance of deep-energy retrofits in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission from our 113 million existing homes.

The film showcases Passive House innovators across the country – architects, builders and home owners, as they share their reasons for choosing to build a Passive House or do a deep-energy retrofit on their own home.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the trailer:

“It’s a development of a kind of liberation.  You do not depend on oil, you don’t depend on nuclear energy, you just depend on your own knowledge and your own work and you can do it with your own hands. and it will be a better comfort and a better quality of life with this technology.” – Dr. Wolfang Feist

“It’s a  beautiful profound thing to have a building that is really serving you with such a tiny amount of energy.”  – Chris Benedict

“I really belive that safe energy is the invisible oil that is in existence everywhere and everyone can access it.  Nobody has to buy it from anybody, just smart building techniques will access that wealth, the wealth of conserved energy, and anybody can get it.” –  Katrin Klingenberg

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