Perlita House: The First Passive House Building in Los Angeles

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Perlita House: The First Passive House Building in Los Angeles

A few years after I finished building what I thought was my dream house in France, I discovered the Passive House International (PHI) standard and became very frustrated that I hadn’t known about ...

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Perlita House: The First Passive House Building in Los Angeles

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April 01, 2019

A few years after I finished building what I thought was my dream house in France, I discovered the Passive House International (PHI) standard and became very frustrated that I hadn’t known about ... [continue reading]

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Passivhaus 101: Sustainable Architecture from the Inside Out

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April 27, 2017

This article discusses the Passive House (PH) as an example for sustainable architecture. It defines what a PH house is as well as how it uses shading, ventilation, and solar power efficiently. Originating from the ... [continue reading]

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Shadyside Passive House

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July 12, 2016

The Victorian house in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had been re-muddled several times and was in dilapidated condition. Thoughtful Balance (TB), a Pittsburgh-based architecture firm specializing in sustainable, low-energy design, decided to take ... [continue reading]

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Living in an Old House Remodeled to Passive House Standard

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November 01, 2015

My husband, Kurt Hurley, and I are homeowners with passion for green building, and we've managed to reduce the energy consumption of our 93-year-old house by 80% through a very detailed renovation following the Passive House (... [continue reading]

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PHIUS+ 2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard

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June 27, 2015

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Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification

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June 06, 2015

Two recent Passive House (PH) consultations of mine have made clear the difficulty of making the PH standard more widely adopted in this country. Both consultations were for small, single-family homes. Neither house was more &... [continue reading]

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Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage

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June 01, 2015

Last summer, I took a drive from Halifax down to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to check out Solterre Design’s Concept Cottage. The house looks like it’s been there for a few ... [continue reading]

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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]

Manufactured Housing Equals Green Housing

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Manufactured Housing Equals Green Housing

Concerns about the environment and climate change have everyday Americans more determined than ever to do their part to reduce ...

Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More

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Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where I work as a senior manager, is a corporate agency of the United States ...

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