The Passive House movement in the US was on a major tear in 2011 but for that awful split between PHIUS and international PHI.  The standard seemed free of maneuvers and politics and infighting, yet now there’s something about PHIUS+ certification and a ban on spray polyurethane foam insulation.  Oh boy!  Notwithstanding all of this, let’s not take anything from the following incredible, high-performance, completed projects discussed in the past year that sought or achieved Passive House certification.

Traditional Style Passive House Built in Ohio

This isn’t a home with drafts, cold windows, or even heavy-duty heating and cooling equipment — it represents the future of energy-efficient housing. Read more.

Menlo Park Passive House Hits the Market

It turns out that a Passive House can take on a what’s being referred to as “mission revival style” or “old world” luxury. Read more.

The First Passive House in New York

The Hudson Passive Project doesn’t have all kinds of add-on gadgets — photovoltaics, wind turbines, or solar thermal — because its performance follows from the design.  Read more.

Passive Makes Perfect in North Carolina

This charming 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath bungalow in Chapel Hill uses dramatically less energy to heat and cool than a typical home. Read more.

The First Passive House in North Carolina

This is the first Passive House in the country built out of concrete, and the concrete exterior made the construction costs surprisingly reasonably. Read more.

Modern Prototype Passivhaus in Syracuse

R-House was given a 2011 AIA Housing Award, and one of the jurors said the 1,100 square-foot home presents “A new slant on sustainability!Read more.

Unity College Gets Passive Haus Building

TerraHaus is expected to be the first student residence in the country with Passive House certification and will house 10 students at Unity College in Maine. Read more.

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