Kaplan Thompson’s net-zero-energy farmhouse in Virginia, which meets Passivhaus standards and is on track for LEED Platinum, is also built for sheep grazing on its roof.
Denmark’s Upcycle House includes an impressive number of uses for recycled materials that have been value-added to improve performance and reduce CO2 emissions.
Not only did the designers of Three Glens farm build the house from local stones and trees, they also asked the sheep for their own woollen contributions.
A vapor-permeable wood-based insulation product has entered the US market and found its way into new Passive Houses.
Seattle’s Dwell Development says that the latest home in its Phase 4 micro-community, the first on-spec home in the Pacific Northwest to meet the strict Passivhaus standards for energy efficiency.
The windows on the passive Equinox House in Bulgaria are angled outward to ensure that the noontime sun on the summer solstice is exactly parallel to the glazing to lessen solar gain.
The Big Apple is the focus of the Urban Green Council’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050, mostly through the use of better building materials and techniques.
A year after completion, the prefabricated, super-insulated Rainbow House in Whistler, B.C., became the first Canadian residence to be officially registered by the Passive House Institute.
A new ice-skating rink using passive-house techniques has surfaced in the Belgian city of Liège that has green building advocates spouting as much praise as design critics.
The Energy Department is investing $9.5 million in heat pump and building material technologies to ensure that homes and offices perform more efficiently.
With a 5-inch-thick shell of super-insulation materials, a retrofit apartment complex in Boston plans to reduce heating and hot water costs by 73 percent.