CMG’s Passive House mixes energy efficiency with stunning architecture

Sponsored Content: Several years ago, Salvatore Zarrella was reading a trade magazine when he came across a story entitled “Green Without Gizmos.” The article described Passive House, an exacting standard for building energy-efficient homes that had begun in earnest in Germany in the 1990s. “It was transformative for me,” said Zarrella, a Stamford native and … Read more

Why isn’t every builder building green homes?

I don’t know, and I can’t figure it out. The importance of energy efficiency and sustainability are no longer debatable and are highly valued by home buyers, according to the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). Proof of this can be found in many places, as I detailed in my last column (Home, September 2015). … Read more

Green building has gone mainstream

Green building may be at Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “tipping point,” which would mean that the growth of the movement has reached that critical point where it becomes self-sustaining and exponential. What’s my evidence? you ask.  Well, there’s a lot, actually. Here are a few pertinent facts: •According to the U.S. Green Building Council, about 40-48% … Read more

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Those of you who have hung with … Read more

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Because my heating requirements are so small, my house … Read more

Building my Passive House – Part 8

This is the eighth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). In my previous columns, I’ve written about how foundation, … Read more

Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at … Read more

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The Passive … Read more

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