How to design an ultra-energy-efficient home

A few years ago, Yatin Chawathe and Thomas Zambito hadn’t even heard the term “passive house.” But when they saw plans for one under construction in the Castro neighborhood, it met their wish list—great views, modern architecture, energy efficiency, and room to raise a family—so they did what any modern couple would do before deciding to buy: They Googled it.

Their search turned up a lot of information on passive homes, but the most useful result led them to a Seattle man who owned one. He assured them it was the most comfortable home he’d ever lived in.

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