• Passivhaus Institut Logo

Passivhaus Institut Suspends All Contracts with Passive House US

Update 8/19/2011: PHIUS just published its response [PDF].

Today, tweets exploded on our Passive House list maintained through Twitter.  It started with word this morning that the Passivhaus Institut, founded by Dr. Wolfgang Feist in 1996, had revoked certifier status held by Passive House US (PHIUS), the only Passive House certifier in the United States.  This news was verified by Dr. Feist himself on Twitter, with a link to an open letter issued by the Passivhaus Institut explaining what was going on.  

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By |August 17th, 2011|Categories: News, Passive House|Tags: |4 Comments
  • Vivint Home Panel

Vivint Upgrades Home Energy Offering

Yesterday Tendril and Vivint, formerly APX Alarm, announced a partnership to connect Vivint Go!Control home devices with Tendril’s home energy management technology.  The partnership is designed to give customers with a home security system the added ability to learn more about their energy use and control energy consumption.

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By |August 17th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , , |1 Comment
  • Minnie House LV Prefab - numbers

A New Rocio Romero Prefab in California

This is martial arts instructor and ex-photographer Steve Rapport’s LV home, a modern prefab designed by Rocio Romero, in Pacifica, California.  Steve has been documenting the construction and working budget on his site, The Minnie House — a reference to his late mom, Mina, sometimes called Minnie — and the finished home is looking fantastic.  Check out some interior and exterior photos below:

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By |August 16th, 2011|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |12 Comments
  • DonQi Small Wind Mill

donQi Urban Windmill on the Side

This is the donQi urban wind turbine, which is assembled in Rotterdam.  It’s an interesting small wind product and the subject of a recent article in the September 2011 issue of Dwell.  In the article, Second to None, Jane Szita describes a Passive House near Amsterdam by architect Pieter Weijnen.  The home has some beautiful Japanese-style charred siding and a sleek-white, residential donQi.

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By |August 15th, 2011|Categories: Wind|Tags: , |5 Comments
  • JG-week-in-review

Home Energy Hogs, Solar Window, Responsible Design, + Interior Apps

Good looking and responsible design.
Solar window is a green game changer.
Could you live in an 89-square foot house.
PlotWatt web apps spots home energy hogs.
Imparting energy smarts to youngsters.
Six steps to an energy-efficient house.
5 interior design […]

By |August 13th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Green Bridge Farm i-House - exterior

Net-Zero i-House Open for Tours in Georgia

There’s some great homes across the country being finished with the first i-House design.  This one, for instance, was built on a lot in Green Bridge Farm, an eco-friendly development of 25 lots in Effingham County, Georgia.  Owner Charles Davis won’t have an electric bill with this net-zero energy home.  His butterfly roof has solar PV that generates electricity and powers a brand new Chevrolet Volt (pictured below).

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By |August 12th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments
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