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Princeton Architectural Press
By Julie Torres Moskovitz
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Passive is the new green. Passive Houses—well
insulated, virtually airtight buildings—can decrease
home heating consumption by an astounding 90
percent, making them not only an attractive choice
for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice
for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases
eighteen of the world’s most attractive Passive Houses
by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer
Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion
Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of
a detailed project description, plans, and photographs.
An appendix lists helpful technical information.
Including a mix of new construction and retrofit
projects built in a variety of site conditions, The
Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects
and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool
for students, and builders alike.
• Follow-up to the successful PAPress book The Green
House, with style-book crossover appeal
• Passive House is the most stringent building energy
standard in the world
• Passive Houses are warmed not only by the sun,
but also by heat from appliances and even occupants’
• Includes projects in ME, NY, PA, KS, RI, and CT,
as well as France, Japan, Canada, Belgium, and
• The Passive House’s basic tenets—insulation and air
sealing—can also be used by owners of existing homes
to boost energy efficiency and savings
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