Connecticut Passive House wins Net Zero award

Connecticut Passive House wins Net Zero award

A Farmington, Conn., home won the CT Zero Energy Challenge Grand Prize. The award, sponsored by Energize Connecticut, shines a spotlight on "Net Zero" homes, which produce as much energy as they use on an annual basis. For the second...

LEED can learn lessons from Passive House

LEED can learn lessons from Passive House

It looks like no single green home certification system will give a homebuilder the whole picture on a home’s performance. Zack Semke of Seattle-based home builder Hammer & Hand writes in his blog that the discipline of Passive House can address issues with LEED certification.

2014 predictions for high performance home building

High performance homes will move beyond net zero, and Europe and China will continue to have an impact on the American green building movement. Those are some of the predictions that Portland/Seattle high performance builder Hammer & Hand made in...

What's it really like living in a Passive House? (video)

What's it really like living in a Passive House? (video)

High-performance homes usually make headlines when construction starts. But we don’t very often hear about what its like to live in a home a day-to-day basis.

Wisconsin home grabs green building certifications

Wisconsin home grabs green building certifications

Wisconsin’s winters won’t have much of an impact on this new home, as it made the grade for LEED for Home Platinum certification as well as Passive House. Designed by Sturgeon Bay architect Virge Temme, the home was the 7th...

Take a virtual tour of award-winning Passive House on the market (video)

Take a virtual tour of award-winning Passive House on the market (video)

Seattle home builder Hammer & Hand's Green Lake Passive House has already won design awards, and now you can take a virtual tour. The video features a virtual tour of the award-winning Green Lake Passive House and interviews with architect...

DC's first Passive House family shares their experiences (video)

In Washington, D.C. Lakiya Culley wanted to buy a home for her and three children, but prices were too high.

Passive House certifies Marvin casement windows

Marvin Windows and Doors has received certification from the Passive House Institute U.S. for its Ultimate Casement window. Architects, builders and homeowners seeking a solution for passive house design can choose an an American-made product.

PNC SmartHome becomes the first Ohio building to reach Passive House certification

PNC SmartHome becomes the first Ohio building to reach Passive House certification

PNC SmartHome Cleveland, a project of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, has become the first building in Ohio to achieve passive house certification, the world’s most rigorous building energy standard. The certification was approved in June by the Passive...

The largest co-housing project in the US meets Passive House standards

The largest co-housing project in the US meets Passive House standards

Ecovillage TREE, the third cluster in the Ithaca, N.Y., co-housing sustainable community, has met Passive House standards for energy-efficiency performance. It's the third neighborhood in the Ecovillage at Ithaca project, which is scheduled for completion in late 2013 and will...

High-performance window installation is the key to this Passive House (Video)

High-performance window installation is the key to this Passive House (Video)

Installation of the high performance windows will make all the difference in the ultimate efficiency of the The Pumpkin Ridge Passive House, built near Portland by Hammer & Hand. The home uses Zola Windows, based in Boulder, Col., that were...

Zehnder ERV first to receive Passive House certification

Zehnder ERV first to receive Passive House certification

When a home is built to the Passive House standard, one of the key design issues is ensuring an adequate flow of fresh air for proper indoor air quality. Today’s buildings have become tighter and more insulated due to building...

Seattle project passes tests on its way to Passive House standard (Video)

Seattle project passes tests on its way to Passive House standard (Video)

The new home project in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood met interior air tightness standards on its way to achieving Passive House certification. In the initial blower door test at the Ballard Passive House, the still-under-construction home clocked in at an impressively...

Become a certified passive house consultant faster with virtual sessions

PHIUS, North America’s leading passive building research and training organization, announced a new format for its renowned Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training program. Previously, students typically had to travel twice to two phases of in-class sessions. With the addition...

Extremely airtight Passive House built in UK

A cold damp day was the perfect test environment for a visit to eco Design Consultants' recently completed Passive House near Milton Keynes, U.K., according to The Architect's Journal. Replacing a derelict burnt-out house that had been troublesome for the...

Folding glass wall system meets Passive House Standards

NanaWall Systems announced its newest product for architects and builders — NanaWall WA67 with triple glazing and a foam layer to meet Passive House Standards. The Passive House Institute, an independent consulting and research firm that performs research and development...

Brownstone remodels to meet Passive House standard

In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., a 120-year-old brownstone is undergoing conversion to the passive house standard. Under the passive house system, the envelope of a home is virtually airtight, insulating the inside from temperature changes and dramatically...

Passive house puts the end to high energy bills

A European-style passive house under construction in Falmouth, Mass., aims to have virtually no air leakage. The builders say the goal is to make the house one of the top-10 energy efficient houses in the country.

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