Category Archives: passive-house

The Essential Role of Under-Slab Vapor Barriers in Concrete Slab Applications

Written By: Marco Bacaloni – owner and developer of the Rose Passive House (Ref. 1) Concrete slabs are fundamental components in various construction projects, ranging from residential homes to commercial buildings and industrial facilities. While concrete is renowned for its strength and durability, it is not impervious to moisture-related issues. A vapor barrier plays a […]

Continuous Insulation (on the exterior side, of course!)

With our choice on using a metal structure, including steel studs, and with the stringent Passive House requirements, the selection of using continuous exterior insulation was an obvious one. Steel studs are excellent thermal conductors, and they act as thermal bridges by conducting the heat (energy) from the inside to the outside during the cold […]

The “Structural” journey… Finally Arrived!

Manny at work.  No distraction please, he is working on my project! If you are reading this, you likely already know that we are building using the Passive House design standards, which comes with its unique challenges. To add to these challenges, the building will be constructed utilizing structural steel. Yes, you read it correctly […]

Meet The Architect

Meet Christian Kienapfel. While Marco was researching passive houses, trying to familiarize himself with the types of windows, doors, equipment, and numerous other details, he came across PARAVANT Architects. As he was reading about the architects of the firm, he was soon impressed after reading Christian Kienapfel’s resume, featuring his 20 year experience of projects […]