The Greenest Home
Superinsulated and Passive House Design
Julie Torres Moskovitz
Publication date 05/15/2013
8.5 x 9 inches (21.6 x 22.9 cm), Hardcover
192 pages, 250 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations
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Passive is the new green. Passive Houses, well–insulated, virtually airtight buildings, can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding ninety percent, making them not only an attractive choice for current and prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world's most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of a detailed project description, plans, and photographs. Including a mix of new construction and retrofit projects built in a variety of site conditions, The Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool for students, and builders alike.
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"...chock full of beautiful images along with lots of great technical info that should answer any of your more serious questions about the nature of passive house construction."
"Torres Moskovitz has been waving the passive house banner for several years. She was the project manager on Tighthouse, the first passive house in New York City. Certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany, it is a retrofit of an 1899 brownstone and was completed in 2012. And now she has written The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design (Princeton Architectural Press)."
The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, Village Voice:
"This spectacular coffee-table book allows conscientious real estate droolers to ogle glamorous modern private homes, primarily of post-Koolhaas European design, without feeling guilty... They won't kill the planet, but they are, nevertheless, to die for."
Co. Design (Fast Company):
"Gorgeous... drool-worthy residences designed around the most stringent guidelines for sustainability."
National Geographic blog:
"A visual and practical guide to some remarkable passive houses around the world... What is really striking is just how modern, airy and inviting they look."
"Julie Torres Moskovitz, who designed New York's first certified Passive House, recently finished her first book, The Greenest Home, about the first wave of ultra green homes in the United States. The title hits shelves in May 2013."
"Succeeds as eye-candy while at the same time has enough drawings and blower door test results to engage the Passive House geek."
"Passive houses well insulated, virtually air-tight buildings can cut home heating consumption by as much as 75 percent. Moskovitz, the founding principal of Fabrica 718 in Brooklyn, examines 18 of the world's most attractive passive houses."
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