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  • Passive House

    Passive House

    Passive House is a voluntary international building method with high standards for energy efficiency reducing its ecological footprint. Developed by Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany. It results in an highly energy efficient and exceedingly low energy building that requires little (at times no energy) for space heating and cooling.

    Passive house methodology make use of buildingorientation, massing, insulation, heat recovery, passive use of solar energy, insulated window frames, elimination of thermal bridges, and incidental internal heat sources. For the renovation of existing buildings PHI developed a similar if slightly more lenient performance standard.

    The resulting performance represents a roughly 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage and up to a 75% reduction in primary energy usage from existing building stock – meant to aggressively meet the climate crisis carbon reduction imperative while making a comfortable, healthy and affordable built environment.

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  • Why Should Historic Building Preservation Be Welcomed With Open Arms?

    Why Should Historic Building Preservation Be Welcomed With Open Arms?

    The ability for architecture to use personification and express its function through form is what sets it apart it from mere buildings. Historic buildings use personification to allude to cultural ideas or historical references. They are built with human emotions, both positive and negative, by architects who have a story to tell.

    Preserving a historic building can be an important part of rebuilding a community, restoring a sense of place, and encourage progression. There are several neighborhoods and communities that are nearly identical, and it is because of this uniformity that many of them struggle to find their own unique identity.

    To abandon or demolish a historic building in a neighborhood is to destroy its soul. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) asserts that the best way to restore the life of a neighborhood is to build upon its strengths, to enhance what makes it different and to celebrate evidence of the past as a solid foundation for the future.

    The ways in which we design and maintain our historic buildings exerts a powerful influence on the quality of our lives. With the proper tools, your community can become a go-to place for travelers and tourists and become a place you’re proud of. Do you live or work in a community that respects its history? Are there buildings that you want to preserve in your community?

    Contact us today for more information about what we can do to help your community realize its promises and strengths. 

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