There are perhaps a hundred and fifty Passive Houses in America today. The super-efficient building standard is big in Europe but a niche product in North America; anyone who proposed that it actually become the minimum code requirement would be laughed out of town. But in Ireland’s Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County, a near suburb of Dublin, it’s now the law. And for all of those who think this must be extreme, it in fact wasn’t that big a step. The building codes there are pretty tight already….
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