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Construction of Passive House in Washington Twp. is a First in Berks

A new house is taking shape on a scenic hillside on Hill Church Road. What’s notable about this new house is that it is the first Passive House to be…

Soeder feature

This Construction is Actively Efficient

Reading Eagle May 1, 2016 – Washington Township, PA By Carole Duran Earth Day will be celebrated 365 days a year by JeanAnn and Shawn Soeder, when construction of their…

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The Art of Building

The functional art of building begins, and is guided by, the experience and knowledge of the architect. As the “chief builder,” it is his or her vision that shepherds construction…

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Is OSB Airtight?

Builders and researchers in North America and Europe report that air can leak right through oriented strand board Most builders assume — and GBA has long reported — that oriented…

Dirt Keffer

Turn Up the Heat by Doing Jumping Jacks

“There’s the story of the passive house in New England,” said architect Richard Pedranti, of Milford, PA. “It was minus 10, and they needed to raise the temperature, so they…

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OSB as an Air Barrier

Building codes are getting tougher about airtightness. In the 2012 International Energy Efficiency Code (IEEC), blower-door testing is required for new homes, and the limits have gotten stricter. While the…

PCD Trust

Trust Honors Stewards of Historic Milford Architecture

MILFORD – Last week, at Hotel Fauchere, the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County announced the first recipient of their new annual Stewardship Leadership awards program that recognizes community members,…

RPA Keffer press release

Passive House Cuts Energy Use By Up To 90 Percent

  MILFORD — The first Passive House is being built in Pike County. It is a super-insulated. Sustainable energy-efficient single-family home. The concept is to heavily insulate to reduce heating…

Channel 16 WNEP coverage

Video: Save Homeowner Thousands

“The only sensible thing to do in the 21st century is to build a house that uses the least amount of energy possible,” explains owner Delcan Mulhall. Watch Channel 16…