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The Passive House Build, Part 1: Designed for Success

This design video is the first in a series of articles and companion videos focused on the theory, design, of a particular Passive House project, located in ­Falmouth, Mass.

Length: 9:53
Produced By: Collin Russell and Justin Fink

Built to meet the world’s most rigorous standard for energy-efficient construction, a Passive House uses about one-tenth the energy of a similarly sized code-built house, a feat accomplished by carefully harmonizing countless design and construction details. At the time of this writing, just 71 houses have earned the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certification.

Watch the video above, read the article below, then head on over to to join the conversation with the designer of this house, Architect Steve Baczek.


All Videos in This Series:

  1. Passive House design
  2. Airtight-mudsill assemblies 
  3. Superinsulated slab 
  4. Double-stud walls and insulation
  5. Windows and doors 

  Read the companion article:
The Passive House Build, Part 1:
Designed for Success