Feature Article

When Passive House Goes Big

More projects are proving Passive House is achievable for large urban buildings and providing lessons for a low-energy, resilient future. 

February 5, 2018

“Think in terms of being evolutionary, not revolutionary,” says Mike Steffen, AIA, director of innovation at Walsh Construction. He’s learned that when it comes to building high-performance projects, the best strategy is to focus on fundamental principles rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.

This is one reason why the Passive House approach is attractive: it’s based on simple, straightforward principles of passive design, starting with a tight, well-insulated envelope and a compact form oriented for optimal solar gain.