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Posted by HKP Architects on October 5th, 2016

A new solar roofing product designed by Forward Labs has the potential to generate comparable amounts of electricity as traditional solar panels, but with the advantage of looking like a traditional metal roof.  See the YouTube video.  It comes in several colors and can be integrated in the architecture without looking like solar panels. Integrating solar […]

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October 5th, 2016
Posted by HKP Architects on October 3rd, 2016

Photograph by Diane Padys According to an article published in the Daily Journal of Commerce on September 8, 2016, homes with “green” features sold for 7.2% more than homes that don’t have green features.  The brokerage firm Redfin looked at homes in 83 metropolitan areas and found “green” homes sold for about $34,000 more on average. The home […]

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October 3rd, 2016
Posted by Russ Weiser on October 28th, 2015

50 Unit Affordable Housing Project to be PHIUS Certified. Affordable housing will be even more affordable for the residents of Twin Lakes Landing in Marysville because their energy bills will be so low.

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October 28th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on August 4th, 2015

Air Tight, Super Insulated Pet Freedom If your cat door is like ours, you can see the heating $$ leaking out during the winter. Pet doors are notorious for leaking air. For example a typical dog door leakage was 19 cfm/sf, which is a lot! This causes a challenge for meeting the Passive House standard […]

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August 4th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on May 28th, 2015

DWELL Article highlights affordable housing projects that meet the Passive House standards. We’re seeing more and more multifamily projects that are Passive House certified.

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May 28th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on April 2nd, 2015

Check out the Gizmodo posting from this week on Passive House by following this link.  The infrared image above shows the impact that the high quality construction of Passive House has on reducing heat loss. The author of the Gizmodo article also refers to a New York Times article from 2013.  Follow this link to see the […]

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April 2nd, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on March 23rd, 2015

Russ Weiser (HKP architects) will present a paper along with Julie Kriegh (Kriegh Architects) and Mike Fowler (Mithun architects) on how to reduce the barriers to adoption of Passive House Certification for buildings. It’s such a good idea, everyone should be able to do it.  See the link for the event schedule and more information on PHnw6 Conference […]

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March 23rd, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on March 11th, 2015

Make plans early for what promises to be the best Passive House Conference ever next fall.

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March 11th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on February 19th, 2015

Authors Julie Kriegh (Kriegh Architects), Mike Fowler (Mithun Architects) and Russ Weiser (HKP architects) will be presenting a study at the upcoming Passive House Northwest Conference in Seattle on March 27th, 2015.

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February 19th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on January 5th, 2015

The Passive House Concept is spreading from residential to commercial projects in the U.S. and in Europe.  Follow this link to the greenbuild 2014 report from BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION that describes the largest Passive House Building in the U.S. to date, and the first Hospital to be Passive House certified in Germany.  Commercial building […]

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January 5th, 2015
Posted by Russ Weiser on November 24th, 2014

This small and efficient house in Wisconsin is typical of Passive House projects in how comfortable they are even in the coldest weather. Check out the slideshow. This is just one possibility for the comfort, health benefits and efficiency of building a Passive House. Well worth the investment.

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November 24th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on September 3rd, 2014

This from Passive House NYC: Join New York Passive House activists on September 21st for the People’s Climate March. Friends, This is our moment to change everything. But we need everyone. We have just one month to turn the People’s Climate March in our home of New York City into the biggest march against climate […]

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September 3rd, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on August 20th, 2014

Passive House Certified buildings have the potential for significant energy savings.  This aligns with the goals of many local energy utilities.  So we consulted with our local utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and found out they have several programs that could provide incentives for Passive House qualified projects, both commercial and residential. On the residential side, […]

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August 20th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on June 9th, 2014

As you may have already heard in recent climate reports for the U.S. and the World, climate change is happening even faster than scientists expected. Below is an image of what 12 feet of sea level rise might look like in Washington DC. See the website for images of what 12 feet of sea level […]

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June 9th, 2014
Posted by HKP Architects on April 10th, 2014

I attended the Passive House Northwest Annual conference in Portland, Oregon on March 27th and 28th. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the latest advances in healthy, comfortable and efficient Passive House Certified projects from all around the world.  After the conference I toured several Passive House projects in Portland and heard […]

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April 10th, 2014
Posted by Russ Weiser on January 14th, 2014

Some call the “Secret Sauce” for Passive House the stringent air sealing. Heat losses through cracks and gaps have been reported to reduce energy efficiency up to 30%. By meeting the air-tight level of a Passive House of 0.6 Air changes per hour the health of the occupants is also improved because air leakage leads […]

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January 14th, 2014