Details about DetailsWindow opening framed through exterior leaf of insulated I-joists. Over-insulation behind the window surround at Ankeny Row, Portland, Oregon.

Passive House Details, introduces basic concepts and principles for the design of ultralow-energy buildings, explained and illustrated with a catalogue of successful construction details, materials and systems drawn from recent North American projects. The objective of the book is to demonstrate the rich array of construction options that are available to meet the rigorous performance demands of the passive house standard. Details are compared side by side for the construction of foundations, floors, walls, roofs, windows and doors.  Fourteen in-depth case studies show how the details work together to make energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, healthy, and satisfying buildings in distinctly different contexts throughout the region. We appreciated the opportunity to work with design professionals, consultants, and builders from more than 40 firms in North America who contributed images, sketches, drawings, and expertise. The construction details have been redrawn for graphical consistency and are brought to life on the facing pages, with images of the construction process and completed works.

Title: Passive House Details: Solutions for High-Performance Design

Routledge, 332 pages

Donald B. Corner is a practicing architect and member of the College of Distinguished Professors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has been recognized for research and innovative teaching in building construction and detailing. For the past 20 years he has offered an integrated course in the technology and design of the building enclosure.

Jan C. Fillinger is principal of STUDIO-E Architecture, a certified passive house consultant, an educator, and a developer of sustainable projects in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His academic and professional design work focuses on reducing carbon emissions, through socially and environmentally conscious strategies, climate- and site-responsive buildings, and urban high-density projects.

Alison G. Kwok, PhD, is an architect and certified passive house consultant. She teaches design studios, building performance seminars, and environmental technology. Her research includes adaptive and mitigation strategies for climate change, thermal comfort, and building performance case studies. She is co-author of the Green Studio Handbook and Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings.

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