The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

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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: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

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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’ own bodies
• Includes projects in ME, NY, PA, KS, RI, and CT, as well as France, Japan, Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland
• 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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