Chicago winter without a furnace or gas bill: Passive houses make it possible and are slowly catching on

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

In the 1970s, long before the Prius and Green New Deal, a small group of engineers and architects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was already going green.

As the U.S. government encouraged energy conservation during the oil crisis, the Small Homes Council applied the approach to home building.

The passive house was born (although it was dubbed “low calorie” at the time).

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