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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]

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High-Performance Window Choices on the Upswing

Author: Mary James
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December 29, 2013

Last July, two California companies made a splash in the residential window-manufacturing industry when they announced that their new energy-efficient windows had been certified by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Germany. Casagrande Woodworks and Wooden ... [continue reading]

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Building High-Performance Homes in Ohio

Author: Lee Chilcote
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August 31, 2013

Two new-construction homes use Passive House techniques to show that low energy and high performance can be competitive in the mass market. [continue reading]

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American Performance

Author: Dave Stecher
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October 31, 2012

A Passive House Is Put to the Test in the United States [continue reading]

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Euro Technology

Author: Dan Berube
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January 03, 2012

Experiences and lessons learned on one house doctor's journey between countries east and west [continue reading]

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Colorado Builders Learn to Speak German Standards

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November 02, 2011

Oakwood Homes, LLC, has been building Energy Star — certified houses since 2002. Through construction of their homes, they have been committed to educating construction managers and trade partners about house-as-a-system building science. Year by year, ... [continue reading]

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Passive House Gets Active

Author: Steve Mann
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March 03, 2011

The 2010 North American Passive House Conference covered topics including the building science behind the Passive House standard, applying Passive House principles to various building types (new construction and retrofits, residential and commercial), the certification process, and lots of case studies. [continue reading]

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Jim Gunshinan

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Here are the final numbers for my Energy Upgrade California home retrofit.   Table 1. Air Leakage (CFM50)   Test-in air ...

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal

Mark Bello

NIST Test House Exceeds Goal

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not ...

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