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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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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Air Sealing Challenges for Small Buildings

Author: Steve Mann
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February 27, 2015

Even the smallest, simplest homes are hard to air seal to Passive House standards. [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]

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YesHaus

Author: Duke Elliott
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September 04, 2014

The story of how a small committed team in Bozeman, Montana, is quietly changing the way homes are built. [continue reading]

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West Coast Passive House Meets Target

Author: Mary James
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April 30, 2014

Olympia, Washington, is in a marine climate, but it’s a northern marine climate, not a beach-lounging one. Because Olympia has 5,130 heating degree-days (HDDs) on average—more than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—clients of ... [continue reading]

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Passive House Passes Test in Maine

Author: Mary James
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February 28, 2014

In August 2011, GO Logic, LLC, a firm headed by architect Matthew O’Malia and general contractor Alan Gibson, finished construction on the first Passive House (PH) dormitory in the United States. Located on the ... [continue reading]

How Many Hours-of-Safety Do Our Homes Have in Extreme Weather?

Laurie Stone

How Many Hours-of-Safety Do Our Homes Have in Extreme Weather?

How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right ...

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

David Ribeiro, Senior Research Manager for ACEEE

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

Next Thursday, ACEEE will release the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, our most robust report ever to track city progress toward ...

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