Part 1: Ground Breaking 2nd Passive House in WA State
After several months of creativity, diligence and perseverance by the homeowners and The Artisans Group, we recently broke ground on what is the second Passive House built in Washington State! Do you need a quick Passive House refresher?
Posted on September 13, 2010
Quick Passive House Refresher
It’s so simple it’s elegant. Passive House, or Passivhaus as it’s known in Europe, is not a brand name, but rather a design and construction method. It is a measurable approach to energy efficient design and construction that critically relies upon the following...
Posted on September 13, 2010
Passive House Heating 101-Energy Efficient Homes
Passive Houses are so energy efficient, it often it takes mentioning a few times for the reality of this statement to sink in: “Passive Houses are built without central heating systems“. It’s so curious and novel and almost unbelievable, in this day...
Posted on July 06, 2010
Passive House Fine Home Building Article
For those of you that want a snap shot of what it means when someone says “Passive House Design“, this is the article to read. Authored by Jefferson Kolle, in the March edition, Fine Homebuilding did a great job featuring two new Passive...
Posted on May 20, 2010
Passive House Building Materials
People often ask about and are surprised to find out that the building materials to build a super-energy efficient Passive House are the same as what may be used in a typical or traditional home. Tessa, our designer, wrote a little editorial on...
Posted on May 14, 2010
Passive House History
In the last two weeks, I’ve had several folks ask me about the origins of the Passive House Standard. Rather than build a better mousetrap, I grabbed the text below from Wikipedia, reputed to be very accurate.* See...
Posted on May 11, 2010
Passive House New Construction
This is a link to a short article in USA Today. It’s about a recently certified Passive House in Salt Lake City. Passive House design can take on many architectural styles to suit the varied tastes out...
Posted on April 29, 2010
Passive House vs. passive solar house
Unfortunately, the words Passive House often, incorrectly, evokes images of out-there home designs of the 70′s and 80′s… sporting Trombe Walls and double-pane windows that fill with styrofoam beads when the sun goes down. For clarity, there’s a Passive House and there’s a...
Posted on April 16, 2010
Passive House NW Regional Meeting
Last Friday, three of us from The Artisans Group attended the first regional meeting of Passive House Northwest. (Randy Foster, Owner, Tessa Smith PH Consultant, and me Zeta Kelly, Marketing Director.) (If you are up on these standards, skip this note in italics:...
Posted on April 01, 2010
Mike Reynolds-Authentic Architecture
I’ve always been interested in folks who pursue the ‘unexpected’ and if it’s ‘functional’ all the better. I met Mike Reynolds, architect, sometime about 25 years ago. At the time, I was traveling around the U.S in the style of most motivated...
Posted on March 17, 2010