Posts Tagged: schools

Passivhaus first, then LEED

LEED can be a great addition to commercial construction projects, but if you don’t address energy performance, you can’t call your building “green”.   We founded Passiv Science to help teams across North America repeat the success we’ve had at Structures Design/Build in delivering market rate high performance Passivhaus (aka ‘Passive House’) buildings. But why the focus on… Read more »

Want commercial Passivhaus building to spread? The free market is about to make it happen.

I count myself lucky to be part of a community of fellow Passivhaus practitioners throughout North America.  It’s a passionate group.  We’ve all shared that “aha” moment, the realization that today’s building science – our collective understanding of how buildings function as systems – has opened new possibilities for building energy performance, comfort and durability. What I’ve… Read more »

Green dormitory at Emory & Henry College becomes largest Passivhaus/Pasive House building in the US.

The final high performance details are in, the blower door has blown, the ribbon has been cut, and Passiv Science’s green dorm project, Hickory Hall (Emory and Henry College, Virginia) is now the nation’s largest Passivhaus/Passive House building: 40,000 square feet, 61 units, 117 beds. See our case study of the Passivhaus green dorm here…. Read more »