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Why Build to the Passive House Standard?

Whitchurch Passive House cottage. Courtesy photo

By Barbara and Gregory Whitchurch

Over the years, Green Energy Times has run quite a few articles about Passive House, so it’s likely you’ve seen the term. (Don’t confuse it with “passive solar,” which is just one aspect of Passive House). So what exactly is it, and why […]

Last Chance to Register for the Pro Tour of a NZE Passive House & Historic Water-Powered Sawmill

Learn From 6 Years of Data on this Cold-Climate, Net Zero Passive House in Northern NH

View a complete energy case study on this project

Join us tomorrow on a Pro Tour led by host Garland Mill Timberframes in northern New Hampshire. Built in 2010 before cold climate heat pumps were widely available, this […]

Passive House Goes to the Next Level

The Orchards at Orenco in Hillsboro, OR is the largest multifamily passive building in North America. Photo credit: Casey Braunger, Ankrom Moisan Architects

By Katrin Klingenberg, PHIUS Executive Director

Each year for the past decade Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) welcomes our partners and colleagues to the annual North American Passive House Conference. This […]

Passive House for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity rendering of south gable. Courtesy of Stonorov Workshop.

by Bruce Landry

“Simple, decent and affordable,” that is Habitat for Humanity’s mantra. This has meant different things to different people. In 2016, it means building to the Passive House Standard.

Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction, a certified PHIUS PH […]

BuildingEnergy 15 is Happening – Still time to go!

BuildingEnergy 15 is happening right now, but there are still plenty of things to do there.

You can still buy a ticket at the event.

Here is a link to what is happening on Wednesday afternoon at 5:45:

Tour of Passive House Place

Katrin Klingenberg

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 5:45pm to 6:15pm

Katrin […]

The Ninety Percent Passive House

By George Harvey

Some months ago, architect Robert Scarano of Bright ‘n Green told us something in an interview that really made us sit up and exclaim. “You can get 90% of the way to the passive standard for the same cost as conventional construction,” he said. He then explained, “The extra cost of insulation […]



Burlington: On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Efficiency Vermont will present members of Montpelier Construction with three awards, including “Best of the Best for Innovation in a New Residential Construction” for the Whitchurch Passive House Cottage in Middlesex.

This single-family dwelling, completed in 2014, utilizes […]

NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Ken Levenson

Tiny Bubbles: The Deal With Spray Foam

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 2:00pm

COO 475 High Performance Building Supply / Passive House Center Member Since: 2011

Ken Levenson is a partner in 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to helping transform green building to high-performance building across the US. Ken is […]

Passive House Open House Tour in Central VT!

No registration necessary – just come!

“Heat your home with a hair dryer !!!”


Nov. 7 – 9 are International Passive House Days. To celebrate, Passive House clients are hosting an open house at their brand new passive house cottage.

When? Saturday, November 8, 11 am – 5 pm. Where? 224 Brook Road, […]

Heat your New Home with a Hair Dryer

Did you know that it’s possible to save 90% of typical home energy costs? Passive House, the most stringent energy standard in building construction, enables you to build a cheaper, more comfortable, healthier and safer home that requires only 10% of typical energy use. A PH Building is heated with the heat gains from appliances, […]