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 ...
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 ... [continue reading]
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]
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]
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]
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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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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