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 &...
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]
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]
(Passivhaus Institut) Mary James, author of two books on Passive Houses, conducts an exclusive interview with Wolfgang Feist, scientific director of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, and now also professor of building physics ... [continue reading]
A San Francisco Bay Area row house is launched to a high standard of whole-house performance, comfort, and beauty. [continue reading]
Widespread attention is now finally being paid to global warming, and many homeowners want to know how they can reduce their personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. They know that they must do much more ... [continue reading]
It is abundantly clear that the building sector is a primary contributor of climate-changing pollutants to the environment. Knowing this, we must decide how best to square our building energy needs with those of our ... [continue reading]
In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific ...
The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made ...