Is OSB Airtight?
Green Building Advisor December 12, 2014 - UPDATED on August 13, 2015 Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor Musing of an Energy Nerd Contemplating residential energy use Builders and researchers in No [more]
OSB as an Air Barrier
Journal of Light Construction September 2015 Ted Cushman Building codes are getting tougher about airtightness. In the 2012 International Energy Efficiency Code (IEEC), blower-door testing is req [more]
Scranton Passive House Party
On Saturday November 8th and Sunday November 9th Richard Pedranti Architect, participated in our first International Passive House Days event showcasing our first Passive House project, the Scranton P [more]
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 Chri [more]
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 [more]
Newspapers, Coffee Cups, and Pop Rocks
One of the major differences in Passive House buildings is insulation. Passive House buildings typically use 2 to 3 times the amount of insulation of a conventional building. Using more insulation in [more]