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The Pratt House project is an example of a burgeoning movement in the building industry. With the growing concern over the environment and energy, builders and architects are devising ways to dramatically cut the energy use in people’s homes, for both new construction and retrofits. In the U.S., all buildings represent about half of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

Via: This Green Home Will Heat Itself

At some point in the future, we’re going to either convert or build a new house that is passively heated and cooled. All of the research I can find so far says that we will need an auxiliary heat source, but that we should be able to achieve a very energy efficient home in minnesota.

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