How do we create high-performance buildings for a post-petroleum world? How can we achieve the best of building performance and durability without relying upon ecologically destructive materials? How can we integrate renewable-powered mechanical systems into these buildings, and how do we weave these technologies into strategies for resilient design?
Through case studies, field research and discussion, we can explore tangible and practical answers to these questions in the context of cold-climate residential construction in both renovation and new construction environments. Jacob Deva Racusin presents the importance of asking these questions, showcases a series of different building technologies currently being used to provide answers, and identifies challenges and 'next steps' needed to progress this work further and achieve deep resiliency within our built environment.
Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation and education. He is an instructor at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, where he is the former director of the Natural Building Intensive Program. A BPI-certified contractor and Certified Passive House Consultant, Racusin has conducted field research on moisture and thermal performance of straw bale wall systems, which is featured in his co-authored book The Natural Building Companion.
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