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Living Lightly in Ithaca's EcoVillage

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March 15, 2015

When Ray Stiefel began planning his energy-efficient Passive House (PH) project in upstate New York, the net zero building concept was virtually unknown in the United States. It took seven years of discussion and research ... [continue reading]

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Are We Ready for Better Buildings?

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March 11, 2015

I recently had a phone conversation with a frantic contractor who was in charge of a Passive House (PH) retrofit. He was in desperate need of an air-sealing specialist. The house was leaking almost a 700 ... [continue reading]

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Mr. Pitt's Neighborhood

Author: Roger Hahn
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February 27, 2015

With unswerving dedication to high architectural ideals, Make It Right is winning over a sometimes-skeptical public. [continue reading]

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The Active World of Passive Houses

Author: Mike Smith
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January 15, 2015

The International Passive House Association estimates that there are around 40,000 certified Passive Houses (PHs) worldwide. Initially, that might seem like a large number; however, in a world with more than 7 billion inhabitants, even the most ... [continue reading]

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Sequential Energy Upgrades

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January 01, 2015

Your clients may not always have the budget to go "all the way," but this contractor's got a Passive House solution that's a real win-win. [continue reading]

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Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

Author: Mary James
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October 26, 2014

Passive Houses with different wall systems are studied to see what their life cycle energy and carbon savings are compared to conventionally built homes. [continue reading]

Converging Trends

Rick Barnett

Converging Trends

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalitionsupporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from ...

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Shawna Henderson

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.

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