EpiPHany Corner | The Audubon Society Supports Wind Energy

This month’s EpiPHany Corner, while not directly related to Passive House, does provide some relevant insights associated with the production of renewable energy — specifically, the misinformation regarding the significance of bird deaths from wind turbines. The fact that the misinformation is largely funded by the fossil fuel industry is not an epiphany. Indeed, a significant number of birds are lost to collisions with turbine blades, but research into causes…


PHPP vs. Title 24 – Windows

The most thermally-inefficient parts of a high-performance residential building are the windows. The insulating values are usually in the range of R-3/inch (typical) to R-10/inch (very high-quality). When compared to typical wall insulation of R-21/inch, thermal movement is going to take the path of least resistance—the windows. Even more importantly, if you want to realistically understand how a building component performs, you need to accurately evaluate it. Passive House windows…


Is Cost the Barrier to Passive House Performance

A new NAPHN report by Bronwyn Barry, NAPHN Board Chair, looks at cost assumptions, barriers, and the reality of cost in achieving Passive House buildings. “Most non-profit developers we work with are all passionately seeking ways to build better for less. In our advocacy work at NAPHN, we’ve found that these developers are most concerned with two things: first cost to build, and operating costs for their occupants. Of these…