Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design

If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.



California House
This Sonoma, Calif., house was remodeled to the Passive House standard and is now incredibly energy efficient. 
PHOTO: NED BONZI
Vermont House
A home being built to the Passive House standard in Norwich, Vt. 
HERB SWANSON
Vermont House Closeup
This Vermont home’s walls are more than a foot thick. In cold climates, a home must be very well-insulated to meet the Passive House standard. 
HERB SWANSON
Salt Lake City Interior
This Passive House in Salt Lake City lets in lots of natural light, even in winter. 
BRACH DESIGN
Louisiana House
Awnings shade out the intense summer sun from this rental property in Lafayette, La., which was built to the Passive House standard. 
COREY SAFT
Oregon House Under Construction
Sarah Evans and Stuart Rue of Salem, Ore., love their Passive House, which was certified in 2010. 
SARAH EVANS/STUART RUE
Salt Lake City Exterior
The exterior of a Passive House in Salt Lake City. Passive Houses can be built in modern, as well as traditional styles. 
BRACH DESIGN
Massachusetts House
The Cleveland Farm, a Passive House in southeast Massachusetts. 
ARCHTIECT CRAIG BUTTNER/BUILDER LAURENCE CLANCY
Oregon House Interior
A blower door test measures the air exchange rate of the Rue-Evans house. 
SARAH EVANS/STUART RUE
Oregon House Finished
The completed exterior of the Rue-Evans Passive House in Salem, Ore. 
BLAKE BILYEU/BILYEU HOMES











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