New film chronicles the Passive House Revolution for green building (video)

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
New film chronicles the Passive House Revolution for green building (video)

A new film, Passive House Revolution, chronicles the movement to dramatically reduce residential energy use through innovative building science.

The people behind the Passive House movement believe that dramatically reducing building heating and cooling energy needs will address climate change in a way that few other strategies can.

The film Passive House Revolution shows builders in action as they construct some of the first passive house buildings in North America. Viewers meet Wolfgang Feist, the creator of the Passive House standard, and Katrin Klingenberg, who brought passive house to the United States from Germany.

Passive House Revolution (Capsule Description)

What if we could create and retrofit buildings that will use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling? And, what if at the same time we could cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent – the amount scientists say we must cut all emissions before 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change? And, what if we could do these things right now?

Passive House Revolution shows that this intriguing scenario is not only possible but actually starting to unfold. If you are concerned about the future of the planet and our children, you need to know about this important trend which is revolutionizing the way we think about buildings and energy.

Principal Creatives

  • Faith Morgan: Director, Co-Producer/Co-Writer
  • Pat Murphy: Co-Producer/Co-Writer
  • Eric Johnson: Editor

Watch the trailer for the film.

One of the highlights of the film is visits to homes as they are being retrofitted to the Passive House standard. Architects and builders discuss their reasons for developing these buildings. Satisfied owners describe life in homes that don’t require a furnace and yet remain comfortable year round even in cold climates. Homes built to the Passive House standard may use up to 80 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a standard home.

The Passive House movement began in Germany, where it’s known as Passiv House. There's a U.S. branch, which working to spread the word throughout North America.

It's estimated there are more than 50,000 houses that meet the Passive House standard around the world.


To order a DVD visit Community Solutions website. For bulk orders call (937) 767-2161.

Photo credit: Passive House bungalow, Yellow Springs Ohio, by Roy Eastman. Photo: Faith Morgan

Read more about Passive House.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Passive House, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Trends / Statistics

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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