30 Sep '17, 1am

Colorado man builds state's most energy efficient house

After years of building, research, and writing about green design, I became fascinated with the concept of Passive House design, which was originally pioneered in Germany. In Europe, hundreds of buildings have been built to consume 90 percent less energy than their neighbors, using super tight insulation and passive solar design, and the trend is gradually picking up in the US as well. Reporting for Inhabitat, I visited a <a href="http://inhabitat.com/photos-balance-project-is-a-modern-passivhaus-for-santa-fe-new-mexico/">Passive House by NEEDBASED </a>in New Mexico, and was amazed how well adapted it is to a climate that is both very cold and full of sunshine. The visit convinced me Passive House design is <em>the</em> state-of-the-art tool for building design, and that I wanted to apply it for my own home.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/colorado-man-single-handedly-builds-...

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