Ultra-Energy Efficient Construction

Thorsten Chlupp builds houses in and around Fairbanks, Alaska. His web site is http://www.reina-llc.com/.
Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Alaska   http://cchrc.org/

EQuilibrium™ is the trade mark of CMHC. Information on the CMHC Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/inpr/su/eqho/

Donald Proven referred to Passive House a number of times. According to Wikipedia,  the term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in a  building, reducing its  ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The standard is not confined to residential properties; several office buildingsschools,kindergartens and a supermarket have also been constructed to the standard. Passive design is not an attachment or supplement to architectural design, but a design process that is integrated with architectural design. Although it is mostly applied to new buildings, it has also been used for refurbishments.

Estimates of the number of Passivhaus buildings around the world in late 2008 ranged from 15,000 to 20,000 structures. As of August 2010, there were approximately 25,000 such certified structures of all types in Europe, while in the United States there were only 13, with a few dozens more under construction. The vast majority of passive structures have been built in German-speaking countries and Scandinavia


Passive House have an excellent, extensive video series. You decide where you begin, but http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtbJlGBx9tw&list=UUqZtvjFRtNU7KCqbxSntBYg&index=4&feature=plcp will get you there.

More information on the Larson Truss here http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SolarHomes/LarsenTruss/LarsenTruss.htm

VerEco Homes in Saskatoon has good materioal on energy efficient housing. A good place to begin is with their video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLyoLv_gxs0 on why energy efficiency pays. This is a part of their "Expert series". For some reason there are no links between their web site and the video series. Make sure you visit the VerEco web site at  http://www.vereco.ca/