WHEN Barbara Landau, an environmental and land-use lawyer in suburban Boston, was shopping for insurance on the energy-efficient home she and her husband were building in the woods just outside of town here, she was routinely asked what sort of furnace the home would have.
“None,” she replied.
Several insurers declined coverage.
“They just didn’t understand what we were trying to do,” Mrs. Landau recalls. “They said the pipes would freeze.”
They won’t. A so-called passive home like the one the Landaus are now building is so purposefully designed and built — from its orientation toward the sun and superthick insulation to its algorithmic design and virtually unbroken air envelope — that it requires minimal heating, even in chilly New England. Contrary to some naysayers’ concerns, the Landaus’ timber-frame home will be neither stuffy nor, at 2,000 square feet, oppressively small.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Posted by Stuart Staniford at 4:28 AM