'Passive house' project is a living laboratory for energy efficiency

March 31, 2015 12:03 PM

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PITTSBURGH - In the Shadyside neighborhood of the city, a large sign declares that a "Passive House" renovation is underway at 5724 Walnut St.

"When the gentleman who owned 5724 was going into the nursing home, he said, 'I'd like to sell it to you. I know you do quality work,'" recalled architect Laura Nettleton, one of the principals in the firm Thoughtful Balance Inc. The property is a three-story wood-frame home with four bedrooms, and ...

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