Professional Builder covers a story about a building science professor taking energy-efficiency lessons from theory to practice by building a passive house.
For Alexi Arango, assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College, the idea of driving a lesson home has taken on a whole new meaning.
For years, Arango has been telling the students in his renewable energy class about a passive house in Maine, and they’ve been captivated by the idea of a home so efficient that it’s heated without a furnace. “I love the reaction,” he says. “There’s disbelief, and the concept almost seems magical. Then you go through it and talk about the physics, and it’s really not some wild idea.”
Now, however, Arango’s students have a new house to study—his.
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