Living Lightly in Ithaca's EcoVillage
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This online-only article is a supplement to the May/June 2015
print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
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 to put the proposal together to build a new neighborhood of 40 homes (mixed duplexes and single-family units) in Ithaca's EcoVillage, and to secure financing and local code enforcement approvals. But one year ago, Stiefel, who is one of the three people responsible for initiating the project, moved into his long anticipated net zero house.
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