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Housing Authorities Take an Interest in Certified Passive House Design

Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design for the Masses Dwell, May 3, 2015. Image credit: hkarchitects From the street, there is nothing about the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in North Philadelphia that gives the development away as a subsidized housing project. The modular edifice has a white-and-mint-green facade and solar arrays on the roof, and each […]

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The Smart Grid Program in Mannheim, Germany

This German city’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost Digital Trends, February 20, 2015 Know how the U.S. power grid works? Anyone who remembers the 2003 blackout, when 50 million people lost power from Michigan to New York, might vaguely recall that it’s made up of three interconnections: eastern, western, and Texas. They don’t communicate perfectly with […]

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Passive Houses Gaining Ground in the US

Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy (Video) National Geographic, January 20, 2015 Three miles northeast of the White House, now topped with solar panels, six modest new rowhouses are expected to deliver world-class savings in energy. The reason’s simple: They’re so well sealed and insulated that they perform just like a coffee thermos. No furnaces are […]