Energy Efficient Home Study covers our first Passive House
We have had the good fortune to have one of our super green homes studied by the good folks at the Washington State Energy Office. The home is performing surprisingly close to how it was designed to, as far as heating...
Posted on April 19, 2013
The Home of the Future
New York based journalist Charlie Hoxie recently made a documentary, Passive Passion, to help spread the word about designing and building using the Passive House methods. In his video clips he features the homeowner of the first certified Passive House built in Germany...
Posted on January 25, 2012
Passive House Retrofit energy efficient remodel
Worth a quick read, is an article from the Star Tribune about a man who is retrofitting his 2000 sf, 1935 Minneapolis Tudor style home into a ultra energy efficient home for his family,...
Posted on January 16, 2012
Article: Tree Shaped Solar Arrays
While out hiking in the Catskill mountains, Aiden discovered a new patterning sequence for solar photovoltaic panels based on deciduous tree branch design structure, resulting in a 20% increase in the energy output when compared to...
Posted on December 14, 2011
Women Making Marks in Construction
Recently the Business Examiner printed a feature article about women in construction. Artisans Group Lead Designer and Co-owner, Tessa Smith, was interviewed to share her experiences as one who is at the leading edge of sustainable design and construction in South Puget...
Posted on October 05, 2011
Passive House for Beginners
Martin Holladay strikes again! He most concisely and eloquently gives us a the basics of Passive House in this superb article. Passivhaus For Beginners The History of a Superinsulation Standard Posted on May 27 by
Posted on July 01, 2011
Kudos From an Energy Nerd
Great blog write up by building science aficionado Martin Halloday, senior editor of Green Building Advisor, from a recent trip to Olympia to tour one of our current Passive House projects,
Posted on May 19, 2011
Energy Efficient Passive House in Louisiana
We know that here in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with premium conditions for easily building Passive Houses (PH). Our biggest design challenges are more often about how much shade the trees provide to a given building site than anything else....
Posted on February 26, 2011
JLC Passive House Article: Part 1
Good write up on the Passive House standard in the Journal of Light Construction this month. See the original article [here]. Excerpt: “There’s no doubt that the Passive House approach works. Experience shows that buildings constructed...
Posted on February 17, 2011
JLC Passive House Article: Part 2
Excerpt “There’s no doubt that the Passive House approach works. Experience shows that buildings constructed to the standard do use dramatically less energy than conventional structures. They offer excellent air quality, resist excessive solar heating, and maintain comfortable levels of temperature and humidity...
Posted on February 17, 2011