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A builder on Martha's Vineyard used this cottage for himself and his family to learn the process of building a certified passive house.

Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

Number of LEED Homes Has Doubled in Three Years

California has the most LEED-certified homes, followed by New York and Texas.

 
 
 

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