The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

Overview

Passive is the new green. Passive Houses—well insulated, virtually airtight buildings—can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding 90 percent, making them not only an attractive choice for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world's most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of a ...

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Overview

Passive is the new green. Passive Houses—well insulated, virtually airtight buildings—can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding 90 percent, making them not only an attractive choice for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world's most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of a detailed project description, plans, and photographs. An appendix lists helpful technical information. Including a mix of new construction and retrofit projects built in a variety of site conditions, The Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool for students, and builders alike.

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"A visual and practical guide to some remarkable passive houses around the world. What's really striking is just how modern, airy and inviting they look." — NationalGeographic.com

"This spectacular coffee-table book allows conscientious real estate droolers to ogle glamorous modern private homes, primarily of post-Koolhaas European design, without feeling guilty. They won't kill the planet, but they are, nevertheless, to die for." — Village Voice

"Succeeds as eye-candy while at the same time has enough drawings and blower door test results to engage the Passive House geek." — Earth Techling

"Julie Torres Moskovitz, who designed New York's first certified Passive House, finished her first book, The Greenest Home (Princeton Architectural Press), about the first wave of ultra green homes in the United States." — Dwell

"Gorgeous drool-worthy residences designed around the most stringent guidelines for sustainability." — Fast Company

"Chock full of beautiful images along with lots of great technical info that should answer any of your more serious questions about the nature of passive house construction." - Inhabitat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616891244
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 976,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Torres Moskovitz is the founding principal of the collaborative design firm Fabrica 718 in Brooklyn. She retrofitted New York City's first certified Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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