Climate House: Passive House as an Opportunity
Designing a new building in a flood zone can be a rigorous challenge but also an opportunity. In New York, Superstorm Sandy left behind devastated communities in low-lying coastal areas of Long Island. Some residents ...
Living Lightly in Ithaca's EcoVillage
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]
Are We Ready for Better Buildings?
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]
Air Sealing Challenges for Small Buildings
Even the smallest, simplest homes are hard to air seal to Passive House standards. [continue reading]
The Active World of Passive Houses
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]
Sequential Energy Upgrades
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]
Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes
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]
The story of how a small committed team in Bozeman, Montana, is quietly changing the way homes are built. [continue reading]
West Coast Passive House Meets Target
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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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.