Arch Change.

What is a passive house?

For many of us the concept of an affordable very low-energy building has been a Holy Grail. The Passive House approach is quickly becoming recognized as a consistent means of achieving this ideal. In a nutshell, the Passive House approach is a reproducible method of creating very low-energy structures at an affordable cost—and the method does not dictate materials, forms, or any of the things that would prohibit its implementation within varied cultures or climate zones....
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NEEDBASED featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Three of NEEDBASED’s passive house projects are highlighted in an 8 page article in the May 2017 edition of Fine Home Building Magazine. In the article we discuss how we implement passive house and the regional influences of our projects. The article also includes some fantastic sections of Olsen House, Taos House, and Balance Project. We could not be happier with how the article came out so consider grabbing a copy or you can get access to the article through their...
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Arch Change. | 07 | What You Don’t Know About Your House’s Performance with John Fassler

Get ready to take your assumptions about your own house and turn them on thier head. Home energy performance analysts John Fassler talks about the surprises and discoveries after performing energy audits on nearly 2000 houses. After 20 years as a builder John stepped into the murky world of existing home performance. What they teach you in school is definitely not necessarily what happens in the real world for home energy and comfort. John’s data driven approach and constant reevaluation of what...
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Passive House takes New York

Jonah and Andrew went to New York to speak at the North American Passive House Conference and more importantly absorb the energy of the city and the latest insights in the Passive House world. While only in its third year the NAPHC is already the gold standard in building science for the quality of the presenters and state-of-the-art insight into the field. Photo NYPH The conference was backdropped with the 27 story Cornell building topped off, making it the tallest certified...
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Arch Change. | 06 | Clearing the Air in Passive House with Dr. Kara Rosemeier

We sit down with Dr. Kara Rosemeier and chat about how to do fresh air right in an airtight Passive House, and in fact all houses, as she wraps up her North American Passive House Network expert tour. We first talk about air tightness which naturally leads to ventilation-  just don’t say “natural ventilation”. Then we do a gut check on the embodied energy of materials in a building. Is it a concern? Andrew says Yes! Kara says maybe not so much. “The...
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The Architecture of Passive House as Regional Archetypes

From the the NAPHN Conference 2016 Booklet Passive House Accelerates Jonah Stanford of NEEDBASED in New Mexico and Andrew Michler of Baosol in Colorado both designed and live in the first certified Passive Houses in their states. While their climates are similar, they took very different approaches to their designs, provoked by their respective locations. In contemplating these North American Passive Houses, Michler poses the questions: How do these buildings look and work relative to the climate and culture they are...
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Arch Change. | 05 | The Net Zero Building Interview with Brad Liljequist

What is zero? Andrew heads to Seattle for the 2016 Living Future Conference and sits down with the director of the Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) certification Brad Liljequist. Brad has just released the book The Power of Zero: Learning From the World’s Leading Net Zero Energy Buildings which highlights 19 projects which were certified under the Energy Petal of the Living Building Challenge. The conversation of NZEB has been the center of much discussion in the building...
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Arch Change. | 04 | Beginnings of Passive House from Data to Doing Part Two

In our second podcast episode on the beginnings of Passive House  in North America (click HERE for the first) we talk about the process going from of learning the data to applying it to our own projects. Our experiance of learning Passive House turned many of our assumptions from years of building design upside down at times. Applying the rigorous standard for our own first efforts for personal projects brought to the forefront an array of issues and process that help us gain...
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Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center (A+CC) seeking RFQ for architectural services

New Mexico Inter-faith Housing (NMIF) and Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) seek qualifications from collaborative architecture teams interested in designing the Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center (A+CC). A team approach has been chosen to incentivize collaboration among local architects and promote the inclusion of smaller firms, architects yet to be licensed, solo architectural practitioners, and the opportunity for existing firms to incorporate new members who broaden skill sets and design perspectives. Since its inception, the A+CC has been envisioned as a...
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Arch Change. | 03 | Beginnings of Passive House in North America Part One

Jonah Stanford and Andrew Michler look back at the personal struggles of learning Passive House and the important relationships that were made. Its quickly growing adoption is on the back of a few determined folks who pushed hard to make it a reality. Passive House is a radically different building system than anything before it in the US. Add rough translations from German, metric conversions, foreign building systems and a whole lot of math the first Passive House training was as...
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Arch Change. | 02 | SITE Santa Fe Expansion Part Two

SITE Santa Fe is poised for its largest expansion since it took over a beer warehouse in the early 1990s. In our inaugural podcast Jonah Stanford and Andrew Michler talk about the rich history of this ground breaking contemporary arts space and its connection to the quirky and quickly growing Railyard neighborhood in Santa Fe where NEEDBASED offices are based. In this second podcast we talk about the expansion proposal by SHoP Architects, and why SITE needs to keep to its dynamic roots as it enlarges its...
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