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Is Passive House Ready for Prime Time?

An Innovative Building Performance Approach Spreads to Larger Multifamily Projects

Passive House design can sound either simple or impossible. The premise is straightforward: use lots of insulation, seal the building tightly, and recover energy when you ventilate so you can use small, efficient heating and cooling systems. Zealous proponents of this strategy promise ultra-low operating costs that allow a building to operate at near net-zero energy use. Dubious skeptics tightly clutch their wallets and voice concerns about unfamiliar detailing, major leaps in quality requirements, untested new technology, and unknown performance. Sound familiar?

Read the full article, written by Kevin Dreyfuss-Wells of RDL Architects in the September issue of Properties Magazine.

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