Peeling away the layers of finish from the house is like peeling away the time that separates us from those who built and modified it. We find little notes written on the framing, mostly simple math equations, but occasionally cryptic messages. Someone in late 1971 read a...Read More
I can say confidently that the very beginnings of this entire remodel are based on our love of food. When we were searching for a house, we agreed that our qualifications were, in this order, a good neighborhood, a great yard and then a good house. We definitely got what we...Read More
Demolition is used as a generic term to describe the breaking down of a house into its individual parts. Most of us think of demolition as the indiscriminate destruction of the house and its components, with the landfill as the final resting place for the rubble. This is an...Read More
Passivhaus is the most rigorous building efficiency standard in the world. Houses built to the standard use over 90% less energy to heat and cool than current modern construction. Introduced to the world fifteen years ago, there are now tens of thousands of Passivhaus houses in Europe… but fewer than two dozen in the United States.
The PassivHaus standard is extremely rigorous, and may be simply unattainable by houses that were built to conventional construction standards. The EnerPHit retrofit standard was created with older houses in mind, with a set of of requirements that still far exceed modern code. There are currently several hundred EnerPHit houses in the world, but none in the United States.