When it is sunny, collect energy. For example, full sun provides a resource of 1000 Watts per square meter on a clear day in the Connecticut area. For a solar thermal panel, one square meter will creates 2389 btu. Using the Passive House Institutes’ construction guidelines, it is now possible to make buildings use 90% less energy for heating and cooling. The question is how do you put it all together? Which options work for which site?

Passive House Institute building’s are storm resilient. Improving the thermal insulation reduces the amount of energy needed, this is especially helpful when a storm comes. Following the institute’s rigorous building standard the structures become not only energy efficient, but also very strong.


When it rains, have rain barrels...

Storm Resilient Structures

  1. Asbestos

  2. Cadmium

  3. Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene43

  4. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

  5. Chloroprene (Neoprene)

  6. Formaldehyde (added)

  7. Halogenated Flame Retardants44

  8. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)

  9. Lead (added)

  10. Mercury

  11. Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides45

  12. Phthalates

  13. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

  14. Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol

Red List Chemicals in Structures