• The R&D Super Highway

    The Greater Pittsburgh region is in the midst of a renaissance. The demise of heavy manufacturing and associated unemployment of a few decades past are being replaced by the job growth, youngerMore

  • The Post-Occupancy Problem

    The expression “the devil is in the details” would make an apt motto for the often-overlooked profession of building managers. As buildings become increasingly complex and the mandate to reduce energy use permeatesMore

  • There’s Nothing Wrong With a Dimmer Idea

    The story of Lutron Electronics begins with founder and chief innovator, Joel Spira, looking for a way to dim the lights in the New York City apartment he shared with his wifeMore

  • Wood Questions, Curious Answers

    Not too long ago, there were not any structures in the US built to Passive House standards and certification. But the number of buildings now certified by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)More

  • Finding Gold in the Details

    On a rural road outside of Sacramento, drivers often glide to a halt on the shoulder in an attempt to comprehend the home of Ilhan and Kamer Eser. Like an iridescent reptileMore


On the Spot: Mary Ann Lazarus

ONE TECHNOLOGY ON THE HORIZON THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD Cheap, building-scaled energy storage systems. TOPIC IF YOU WERE ASKED TO GIVE A TED TALK We need to get ready!: Climate adaptationMore

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Typology: Passive House Proficiency

In recent years, the field of sustainable architecture in North America has rendered the Passive House methodology its favorite European import. Emanating from Sweden and Germany, the Passive House building standard isMore