Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

As I prepare to head out of town for my favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking about gratitude. I have to credit my new-found meditation practice for an increased sense of appreciation of those around me and for my work. I’ve always had a sense of...
From the Field: Finishes, Part One

From the Field: Finishes, Part One

Now that rough mechanicals are in and the air barrier system has been successfully tested, finishes are going in.These will get a lot more exciting pretty soon as tile, wood trim and accents, cabinetry and countertops, etc. get installed, but that will be next. This...
From the Field: More Insulation and Airtightness!

From the Field: More Insulation and Airtightness!

In Passive architecture, you really don’t want your buildings to suck. Technically, you want them to lose less than 0.6 air changes per hour when depressurized to 50 Pascals of pressure for the “old” Passive House Standard, or .05cfm of air per...
River Forest Passive House final photos

River Forest Passive House final photos

At last! Eric Hausman took these in late summer, but I had to hold off making them public until some publications happened.  Dwell website, Green Builder Magazine, Tribune, Crain’s, to name a few…it’s been a good run in the press.  Awards...