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Conscious Living and Design by Amy Kunkle / Sustainable  / Carbon-Neutral Designs aka Passive House

Carbon-Neutral Designs aka Passive House

I went to New York recently to attend a Building Energy Conference, and it was really informative. New York’s Mayor announced (Sept. 2016) his initiative to reduce emissions in the city by 80% by the year 2050. It’s super exciting to see this embraced on such a large-scale city.

I am doing my part here in Northeastern Ohio… and here are a couple points I’m working to hit on my home and building design.  If you’d like to build a passive house or just reduce the carbon emissions of your new home or project, please contact me.


Continuous insulation around the entire building

This includes the basement. We insulate under the slab as well as the entire wall.

High performance windows and doors (triple-glazed)

Triple glazed has three pieces of glass and often an insulated frame as well. This will help maintain the value you’re paying for in the window.

Thermal Bridge free-construction

ensure connections and insulating materials are correctly installed. Heat loss occurs in thermal bridges, basically where walls and assemblies connect.


Often the most difficult aspect. 40% of building air loss is from this. Create an air barrier around the entire project. Sealed windows and penetrations

Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)

Create air tight construction (first and foremost) and then use ERV or HRV that will bring air into your home or building at the required rate and amount for your home or building.

Thanks so much for your interest in this topic, please let me know if you’re interested in learning more!


Amy Kunkle

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