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Empowerhouse Wins Affordability Contest at Decathlon, Demolishing Myth of the Passivhaus Premium

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Image credit Michelle Kaufmann Not a few noses were put out of joint two years ago when Germany won the Solar Decathlon with it's $ 2,000,000 entry that Archdaily says "screamed of flashy energy efficient technology with its skin of solar panels, yet seemed out of grasp to most potential homeowners." So this year an Affordability contest was added to encourage more practical, real-world solutions. It has been won by EmpowerHouse, from Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology. It was the cheapest , built for $ 229,890. I think this is really significant; an entry built to Passive House standards is the cheapest at the Decathlon.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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