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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