Saturday, December 27, 2008

Passive Houses: Look Ma, No furnace

Keep this out of the hands of the finance guys and gals down at the electric and gas utility, and don't show it to your home fuel-oil supplier either.

Information like this can get your new year off to a really bad start if you're in the business of providing what it takes to heat American homes.

Blame it on German engineering. New York Times writer Elizabeth Rosenthal tells us that architects in that country have come up with a way to make houses with "no drafts, no cold tile floors, no snuggling under blankets until the furnace kicks in. There is, in fact, no furnace. "

"Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and windows, the architect engineers a home encased in an airtight shell, so that barely any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in. That means a passive house can be warmed not only by the sun, but also by the heat from appliances and even from occupants’ bodies."

It's quite an interesting read. You'll find it here.
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