Naomi C. O. Beal

[Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part story; it provides a background on Passive House, a project overview, and a description of the foundation and structural wall framing. Next month the story will continue with completion of the wall and roof framing, air-sealing, insulation, mechanicals, and finishes.]

I've been working in construction since I was a kid. I've worked on job sites in New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts, and Maine, where I now run my own company. Along the way, I've managed more than a few big expensive projects, but none of them was as satisfying as the work I'm doing now - designing and building affordable houses to...

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