Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification

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Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification

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 &...

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Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

Author: Mary James
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October 26, 2014

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]

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YesHaus

Author: Duke Elliott
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September 04, 2014

The story of how a small committed team in Bozeman, Montana, is quietly changing the way homes are built. [continue reading]

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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]

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Stephanie Rex

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Yesterday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes ...

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

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