The Research Ship "Fram" was a Passive House (!)


Fridtjof Nansen's polar ship, the "Fram", was a Passive House

The first fully functioning Passive House was actually a polar ship and not a house: the Fram of Fridtjof Nansen (1893).

He writes: "… The sides of the ship were lined with tarred felt, then came a space with cork padding, next a deal panelling, then a thick layer of felt, next air-tight linoleum, and last of all an inner panelling. The ceiling of the saloon and cabins . . . gave a total thickness of about 15 inches. …The skylight which was most exposed to the cold was protected by three panes of glass one within the other, and in various other ways. … The Fram is a comfortable abode. Whether the thermometer stands at 22° above zero or at 22° below it, we have no fire in the stove. The ventilation is excellent, especially since we rigged up the air sail, which sends a whole winter‘s cold in through the ventilator; yet in spite of this we sit here warm and comfortable, with only a lamp burning. I am thinking of having the stove removed altogether; it is only in the way." (from Nansen: "Farthest North", Brockhaus, 1897))