The Passive House Build: Getting the Mechanicals Right
A carefully designed mechanical system rounds out this house’s heating and cooling load
Although a Passive House is designed and built to be heated primarily by the energy from sunlight, there is almost always a secondary source of heating. Architect Steve Baczek explains the choices that were made in this energy-efficient home in Cape Cod—from the reason he chose a ductless minisplit heat pump, to his experimental plan of using the house’s energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) not only to bring in fresh air but to circulate the conditioned air from the single minisplit.
Photo: David Fell, courtesy of Steve Baczek