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the client: Delcan and Christie with Richard

The Scranton Passive House

In June of 2013, after just completing my Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), my firm, Richard Pedranti Architect, received a call from Christie Karpiak and Declan Mulhall inquiring about helping them with a new home design in Scranton, Pennsylvania. After describing this new approach to designing and…

Scranton Passive House Poster

What is a Passive House?

Passive House is today’s most energy efficient building standard. Buildings that meet the Passive House standard use 80% less energy than conventional buildings. A Passive House conserves energy by creating a virtually air-tight, super insulated, compact building envelope that uses the sun and internal gains to achieve space conditioning. A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is…