Concerns about energy supplies and costs are pushing up demand for more energy-efficient homes. In Europe, higher energy costs and a greater awareness of global climate change have spurred the building and renovating of thousands of superefficient homes, known as Passive Houses.
Passive House design is a state-of-the-art, systematic approach to superefficient building that reduces heating and cooling costs by up to an amazing 90%.
The Passive House approach to homebuilding has now crossed the Atlantic and is gaining appreciation and garnering attention here in the United States. Homes for a Changing Climate: Passive Houses in the U.S. by Katrin Klingenberg, Mike Kernagis, and Mary James explains the Passive House approach and details nine pioneering U.S. projects from coast to coast.
“Since building my Passive House in 1982–1984, I’ve become convinced that this integrative design approach—needing no heat but costing no more to build—is among the most important techniques for living better at less cost to ourselves and the earth.”
—Amory B. Lovins, Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and Energy Efficiency Expert
“As the U.S. case studies in this book clearly show, Passive House architecture is not monotonous or rigid, but creative and varied.”
—Dr. Wolfgang Feist, University of Innsbruck, Austria Founder, Passivhaus Insititut
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