Dick's house in France

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Yes, it can.  As I write in December 2017 it is 1 degree outside and 23 degrees inside.  The sun is shining !  All I have to do is to open the Velux rooflight and a door and cool air will flow through the house.

WHAT DOES "PASSIVE HOUSE" MEAN?

November 30th 2016.  Minus 4.5 outside, 22.4 inside.  Sunshine!

WHAT MAKES DICK'S HOUSE PASSIVE?


  • It uses very little energy for heating - during the 2014/15 winter the heating never came on at all!
  • It gains most of its heat through the south wall, which is fully glazed.
  • All the windows are triple glazed
  • There is 60 cms of insulation in the walls and ceiling, and even more under the floor
  • The house is practically airtight
  • There is a heat-exchange ventilation system, so that heat doesn't escape
  • The fresh air coming in is at a constant 10-12 degress all year round, thanks to a "puit canadien".
  • There is an air- source heat pump to provide hot water

SO, DOES IT WORK?

DOES IT GET TOO HOT ?