Sat, Sep 24|
The Passive House Movement in Williamstown: A Way to Healthier Living
Hicks Stone, a Williamstown-based architect and certified passive house designer, will review the principles of passive house design in new and existing building construction. Please join us to learn more about this and a proposed passive house neighborhood coming to Williamstown!
Time & Location
Sep 24, 2022, 1:00 PM
Williamstown, 1095 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
About the Event
Hicks Stone, a practicing Williamstown-based architect and a
certified passive house designer, will review the principles of passive house design, and
discuss how these can be easily incorporated into both new and existing building
construction. When put into practice, the cost of heating and cooling buildings will be
dramatically reduced. When combined with a modestly sized photovoltaic array, energy
costs can be eliminated.
Rather than using exotic and expensive mechanical systems and controls, or
incorporating unappealing aesthetic elements into building design, elements that were
commonly employed in earlier energy-conscious design movements, passive house
design is virtually invisible and only modestly increases the cost of construction on the
order of 5% of the overall construction cost.
Passive house design seeks to use simple and inexpensive methods to reduce home
energy consumption by at least 90%. The methods are based on building research
conducted in the U.S and Canada and refined by German and Swedish building scientists
in the 1980s. The principal certifying and educational body, the Passivhaus Institut was
founded in 1996 in Darmstadt, Germany.