San Francisco's first Passive House apartment complex produces so much energy it powers its own Microgrid

San Francisco's first Passive House apartment complex produces so much energy it powers its own Microgrid

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The Palatine home's distinctive façade is made from hand-charred cedar slabs treated with the Japanese “shou sugi ban” technique. This process naturally seals the wood to withstand Seattle's rainy weather.

The Palatine home's distinctive façade is made from hand-charred cedar slabs treated with the Japanese “shou sugi ban” technique. This process naturally seals the wood to withstand Seattle's rainy weather.

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From years of building, research, and writing I became fascinated with Passive House. In Europe hundreds of buildings were developed that claimed they consumed 90% less energy than thier neighbors. I visited a Passive House by NEEDBASED in New Mexico for Inhabitat and discovered how adept it is to a climate that was both very cold but full of sunshine. This is the state-of-the art tool for building design so when I had an oppertunity to create one for my family Passive House presented the…

From years of building, research, and writing I became fascinated with Passive House. In Europe hundreds of buildings were developed that claimed they consumed 90% less energy than thier neighbors. I visited a Passive House by NEEDBASED in New Mexico for Inhabitat and discovered how adept it is to a climate that was both very cold but full of sunshine. This is the state-of-the art tool for building design so when I had an oppertunity to create one for my family Passive House presented the…

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The 198-square-meter (2,131-square-foot) house is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The 198-square-meter (2,131-square-foot) house is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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