Posts tagged ‘Passive House’
If you are thinking about building a sustainable, energy-efficient home, you may want to put Thomas Hopper on your list of potential architects. He has many years of experience as a green architect/designer and has solar device patents in his name. He is in New Hampshire. His website is http://www.hopperdesignllc.com. One of the first things you’ll notice there is that he has home designs/plans for sale for just $29.95 each! There are a range of sizes from quite small and modest cottages to the more substantial. He can also modify any of his designs to suit your desires or will design a custom home for you. There is also some very useful information on his website about solar techniques/technology and some valuable links. Thomas Hopper is definitely someone you should consider speaking with if you think you might like to build a highly energy-efficient home. His education and background are impressive. (Download the Curriculum Vitae/Resume at his website and take a look.)
General Specs and Team
It is helpful to understand what terms like “Sustainable Design,” Energy-Efficiency,” and “Green” mean. It is also key to understand what “green washing” is. There are a lot of misunderstandings about these terms and there seem to be a range of definitions thrown around, depending on who you are speaking with. (more…)
What is superinsulation? What are its advantages? Is it cost-effective?
Superinsulation is an approach to building design, construction, and retrofitting. A superinsulated house is intended to be heated predominantly by intrinsic heat sources (waste heat generated by appliances and the body heat of the occupants) with very small amounts of backup heat. This has been demonstrated to work in very cold climates but requires close attention to construction details in addition to the insulation. (more…)