Hudson Passive ProjectContemporary House Exterior, Boston

Photo of a contemporary two floor house exterior in Boston. —  Houzz
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VORBILD Architecture added this to Ask an Architect: Can I Make My Home More Ecofriendly?11 August 2015

Starting from scratch? Consider a Passivhaus Last but definitely not least, is the much talked about Passivhaus, or passive house, standard. A pure Passivhaus is unlikely to be an option unless you’re building a new home from scratch, but there are plenty of ideas to steal and retrofit. Born in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, the Passivhaus is a contemporary way to build very airtight houses, where all incoming air is warmed up by the stale air before being pushed out. Thermal efficiency exceeds all current building regulation norms. To adopt the key idea behind this new way of thinking, try to combine thermal insulation and heat recovery (see the points above about heating and insulating), then you will be one big step closer to a true passive house. When you apply these principles to an existing house, you might not get the same results, but it will be a big improvement nonetheless. A lot of the success of the Passivhaus comes down to the many ingenious details geared towards making the property more airtight and reducing so-called ‘cold-bridging’ – in other words, addressing the heat loss that occurs where different materials meet, a detail that has frequently been overlooked in other types of building.TELL US…Do you have plans for green upgrades to your home? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.

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bluedepth added this to Exterior27 June 2021

Mixture of a super-simple silhouette against some beautifully curved glu-lam beams (church-like?). Massive windows.

christine02c added this to Porch27 May 2021

Side walls and overhang of end of house.

Molly added this to Aberdeen Exterior Ideas18 March 2021

Loft has great view from second floor while light still gets to main floor. A Frame shape means no views to the side though.

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