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This film is the story of a new way to build that began in America, went to Germany, and is returning. It cuts heating energy use 80%!

In the 1970's we had passive solar homes. Then came the 80s and 90s with the super-insulated house and green homes or green building.  Today's breakthrough is Passiv Haus or Passive House - A building that no longer needs a furnace - and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 80% as well.

In 2007, when I first heard "no furnace" was needed in a Passive House I didn't believe it, even though I wanted to. So in 2008 I attended the second Passive House conference in the US where I met builders and architects who were experimenting with this new kind of building and found out - its was true and that these were truly green homes. Excited, I took my video camera to the next conference, in Duluth Minnesota, filmed some amazing houses and innovative people - and my long journey of making Passive House: A Building Revolution began.

Passive House under construction, Northern California
Passive House under construction, Northern California

Since then I learned that close to half of all energy used (and greenhouse gas released) in America is from buildings. This fueled my desire to complete the film. So I kept traveling, filming in Kentucky, Florida, California, Oregon, New Mexico, visiting builders, home owners, and architects, all people wanting to know how to same energy and concerned about climate change. 

Buildings use close to half of all US energy.
Buildings use close to half of all US energy.

The people I interview are concerned with the possibility that the earth’s climate is changing, partly due to the burning of fossil fuels. They are passionate about what they are doing - building the most energy efficient buildings ever to be constructed - they are revolutionaries. This film gives them a voice.  

A Passive House in California (South Bay)
A Passive House in California (South Bay)

This documentary shows a method of building that cuts heating and cooling energy use 80 to 90% - the lions share of the energy used in buildings.

Deep-energy retrofit using blown in cellulose. Wall thicknes varies with climate.
Deep-energy retrofit using blown in cellulose. Wall thicknes varies with climate.

The film highlights homeowners, architects and builders from around the US as they share their experiences of building super energy-efficient Passive Houses.

Passive House retrofit in Santa Cruz, California
Passive House retrofit in Santa Cruz, California

A film about a building revolution!

We need $20,000 finishing funds for our film, Passive House: A Building Revolution. It’s the story about a proven building method that reduces heating and cooling building energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 90%.

Retrofitted building on the right to meet Passive House standards.
Retrofitted building on the right to meet Passive House standards.

The dark colors show how little heat is escaping from the Passive house building on the right compared to the traditional building on the left.

More About the Film and Filmmakers

In Europe more than 20,000 buildings have been built to the Passive House standard. It is an innovative yet straight-forward construction method that creates buildings that consume only 10% of the energy of a typical home. 

Passive House Sonoma, CA
Passive House Sonoma, CA

The film shows that it is possible to reduce the primary energy used much more than the 15 to 40% reduction goals of current "green" building programs. It also introduces the importance of deep-energy retrofits of our 116 million existing buildings.  

Me (left) with business owner explaining double stud wall in 7,000 sq ft retrofit.
Me (left) with business owner explaining double stud wall in 7,000 sq ft retrofit.

Any gifts over $20,000 will go to getting the film out to a larger audience. 

Community Solutions Staff: Jeanna Breza, Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy
Community Solutions Staff: Jeanna Breza, Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy

Passive House: A Building Revolution
is our second groundbreaking film!

Please join us in making Passive House: A Building Revolution a success! http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php

Thanks for your support!

Completion Date: January/February 2013

Other people who have worked on this project: Eric Johnson (http://www.edvid.com/) editor and second camera, Beezhan Tulu cameraman (www.LivingWebFilms.com), Bob Bingenheimer, graphic design, and John Morgan of Raven Rocks Press still photography.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Passive House: A Building Revolution is 95% done so the risks are minimal. In addition, much of the work on the film is being done by volunteers. However, we are at a point where we need to hire outside professionals for color correction, sound, graphics, and final editing - to bring the project to completion. With my first documentary I found that doing the final 5% made a huge difference in its success. Our first film, The Power of Community, has been very successful; reaching 37 countries, winning 9 awards, and accepted into 80 film festivals. For Passive House: A Building Revolution, the main challenge is raising the capital to pay talented people to put the finishing polish on the film. Once the film is complete the next challenge will be reaching an audience...but I have done that successfully once before and feel confident I can do it again.

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