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    The Balance of Systems

    Codes and Standards chair Sam Rashkin describes how new codes and evolving rating systems are addressing the "house-as-a-system" approach to performance.

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    Pushing Performance

    Systems thinking will take building science into the areas of air purification, rightsized HVAC components, and home energy management systems, says Building Systems Research chair Michael Dickens.

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    Integration and Resilience

    Products and Performance chairs Alex Wilson and Peter Yost envision high-performance products that respond to more stringent requirements and the need for resilient design.

  • TerraHaus is the first student residence hall in the U.S. to achieve the European Passive House standard.

    The 2012 Evergreen Awards: TerraHaus at Unity College

    A student residence designed to European Passive House standards wins the Evergreen Awards residential category for 2012.

  • Case Study: Simple Solutions

    Passive solar design, PV arrays, and a greywater system help this Los Angeles home reach its high-performance goals.

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    Architects Should Prepare to Take a Leading Role in Energy Modeling

    As an integrated design process becomes the norm and energy usage moves up in the priorities of a project, design teams must begin looking at energy early on.

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    Technical Report: Insulation

    New BuildingGreen report evaluates product performance and environmental attributes of insulation.

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    EHDA Merit Award: Project Green Home

    Palo Alto, Calif., Passive House touts greywater system and urine-diverting toilets.

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    EHDA Grand Award: VOLKsHouse

    This Santa Fe, N.M., house shows how production housing and net-zero energy can go hand in hand.

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    EHDA Grand Award: TerraHaus

    First Passive House-certified student residence hall in the United States earns special recognition from the EHDA jury.

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