Kurt Cobb, a colleague of mine, who maintains the excellent Resource Insights blog—among other peak oil and environmental/energy-related endeavors—alerted me to a terrific new film: “Passive House Revolution.”
This new venture comes from the same group which created the acclaimed ‘The Power of Community‘—an uplifting story about the Cuban people as they reinvented their society after the collapse of that nation’s chief benefactor, the Soviet Union. This remarkable display of courage and innovative spirit in the face of a series of imposing challenges (not the least of which was the end of cheap, subsidized oil), is a testament to the power of hope and community.
“Passive House Revolution” offers a glimpse at the possibilities and promises for the future of this planet and for our children as it chronicles a revolutionary development in the way we think about buildings and energy. The film shows us how the buildings around us—which consume half of all the energy in the United States—can be built or retrofitted to use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling. That means their greenhouse gas emissions from heating and cooling would drop by about the 80 percent scientists say we must cut all emissions before 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.
“Passive House Revolution” demonstrates that this intriguing scenario is not only possible but actually starting to unfold. Viewers will watch leading-edge architects and builders as they create the first passive house buildings in the United States. Satisfied owners describe life in homes that don’t require a conventional furnace and yet remain comfortable year round even in cold climates.
It was a fascinating, well-crafted look at an important contribution to our energy and environmental future, and I highly recommend it.
For more information and to purchase a DVD, visit www.passivehouserevolution.org. Those wishing to show the film publicly can do so for a modest screening fee.