Episode 43 — Energy Efficiency, R-Values, and Building Passive Houses
Architect, builder, and designer Steven Baczek talks about juggling mechanical and window package costs, plus how to pick a contractor.
Steve Baczek joins FHB editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo in this podcast episode. The conversation ranges over energy efficiency, solar heat gain from windows, R-values, and constructing to the passive house standard. The guys also tackle a listener question on how a homeowner can pick a good contractor. Plus, Steve’s upcoming events.
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Steven Baczek’s series on building a passive house from the ground up:
- Part One: Designed for Success
- Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill Assembly
- Part Three: Superinsulated Slab
- Part Four: Framing for Efficiency
- Part Five: Installing High-Performance Windows
- Passive House Video Series
Other resources and links related to this podcast:
- FHB articles by Steven Baczek
- Steven’s risk-free basement article
- The Passive House Build: Getting the Mechanicals Right
- Steve Baczek’s website
- In-ground gutters
- Old house renovation
Steve Baczek’s Homebuilding Crossroads events: