I will likely be buying a pre-fab 900 sqft passive house for delivery next fall. The site is off grid and COLD, zone 2. We get lots of winter sun here in the Canadian prairies, but a reliable heat source will be key. Wood is available on site and there's plenty of folks in the area selling firewood. I like the reliable simplicity of wood heat, but with an air tight home maybe it isn't so simple? I've seen discussion online about wood stoves not working in a passive house. Does a direct air intake for a small, air tight stove solve that, or are there still challenges to be considered?
I'm assuming our solar generation and battery capacity will be sufficient to keep the HRV going.
I'm a complete noob. I've never lived off grid or with wood heat or in a passive house.
Our builder is very familiar with the energy demands of the house in our climate but we'll be his first off grid client. I don't want to rely on his guidance alone so if you have experience with wood heat in an air tight home, I would really love to hear about it.