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The Journal of Light Construction

Passive House Panelizer Pushes the Tech Envelope

When JLC first encountered Passive House builder Chris Corson of Belfast, Maine, back in 2011, Corson was working on his first Passive House, and his most advanced piece of equipment might have been the refrigerator dolly he was using to roll himself around the foundation slab to snap layout lines after wrecking his knee in a soccer game. That project, besides resulting in Maine’s first certified Passive House, also resulted in a two-part JLC article describing Corson’s innovative wall system,…

Ecocor Team Finishes Assembly of First-of-its-Kind Prefabricated Passive House Designed by Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA)

Prefab Passive House manufactured in advanced fabrication facility using state-of-the-art machines is assembled on site in less than one week. Ecocor, a construction firm that manufactures, delivers and assembles Passive House buildings, has finished assembly of the Elizabeth Scott Prefabricated Passive House, which was designed by Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a full-service architecture firm focusing on sustainable and Passive House design. While Ecocor and RPA independently have extensive experience with site-built and prefabricated Passive Houses, Elizabeth’s house, which was panelized…

Green Building Advisor News

Prefab Passive House Partnership Hits a Milestone

A house is assembled in New York from panels manufactured in Maine, while Phoenix Haus in Detroit moves into high gear A crane lowers a prefabricated wall section into place in Altamont, New York. It’s the first in a line of panelized homes from a Pennsylvania-based architect and a Maine components manufacturer designed to meet the Passive House standard. It took four carpenters and six crane days to assemble Elizabeth Scott’s new house in Altamont, New York, and when they…

Philadelphia Magazine Passive House Section

How Passive Houses Yield Aggressive Savings

Living in a home that’s wrapped in layers saves energy and money. And it makes your home more comfortable and your indoor air healthier to boot. How do you keep warm in your home in the winter? Do you crank the thermostat in the hall up past 78 so you can keep your bedroom at 68? Do you stuff foam tubes under doors and tape plastic over drafty windows? Do you take a space heater into a room that’s too…

Ecocor Prefab Factory

Ecocor is Transforming the World of Prefab Homes

The average cost per square foot of a SOLSKEN model home is $237. For architect Richard Pedranti, AIA, CPHC, CPHB, HERS, PHIUS +, LEED, the fact that green building hasn’t yet become the standard in new construction points to a problem inherent in the building construction industry itself. A nearly 30-year veteran of the building industry, Pedranti led a team that worked on the $2.5 billion Tokyo International Forum building and has worked with respected residential architects in some of…

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The First Prefabricated Passive House Designed by RPA Hits the Ecocor Production Line

A Legacy of Energy Efficient Living Helped Homeowner Elizabeth Scott Choose RPA|Ecocor’s Solsken Line of Model Passive Houses SEARSMONT, ME AND MILFORD, PA Ecocor, a construction firm that manufactures, delivers and assembles high performance buildings, has started production on the first Prefabricated Passive House designed by Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a full service architecture firm focusing on sustainable design. Earlier this year, Ecocor and RPA announced a partnership to design and build Prefabricated Passive Houses and released their Solsken Line…

Thermal Bridge Comfort Survey Results

Half of Americans Surveyed Struggle to Feel Warm and Comfortable in their Homes During the Winter Months Finds RPA|Ecocor

Drafts and Poor Insulation Create Both Discomfort and Familial Strife MILFORD, PA AND SEARSMONT, ME Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a full-service architecture firm focused on sustainable design, and Ecocor, a construction company that manufactures, delivers and assembles high performance Passive House buildings, surveyed Americans and found that regardless of how much they pay to heat their home, more than half of respondents struggle to feel comfortable in their homes during colder months. This is not just causing physical discomfort, but…

Ecocor Passive House treehugger

Ecocor Brings Swedish Building Tech to the USA to Produce Passivhaus Prefabs

When we wrote about high tech wood prefabs in Sweden, readers asked “why can’t we have this in America?” In fact, you now can. Not only that, you can have it built to Passivhaus, or Passive House standard of insulation and air quality. (Don’t know Passivhaus? See related links at bottom) That’s because Maine builder ECOCOR is importing the fancy RANDEK tools that slice and dice wood with such accuracy and assemble such perfect wall panels. You also get good…