West Coast Passive House Meets Target

May/June 2014
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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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 the Artisans Group, a design/build firm in Olympia, want a strong dose of energy efficiency mixed into their high-quality custom homes. These days, what many of them are seeking is a Passive House (PH), including the owners of the North Project, a PH that was completed in 2011.

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