When Catherine O’Neill’s contractor first proposed remodeling her Sonoma, California, fixer into a hyperefficient “passive” house, she had one directive: “I don’t live in ugly.” A retired hedge fund trader, O’Neill pored over a book on passive construction, trying to learn about the technical aspects of keeping a house at a constant comfortable temperature using only airtight construction, insulation, and mechanical ventilation. Read more here.
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