06 Sep '11, 5pm

Unity College's deep green student 'hausing'

Unity College's deep green student 'hausing'

The only apparent downside of living in a Passive House certified mini-dorm? When it comes to the walls, residents won’t be able to go tack, nail, and screw crazy — there’s designated areas for blacklight posters wall décor — in order to preserve the structure’s energy performance and sound proofing. TerraHaus residents are also expected to help the college fulfill the building's program goals of building energy performance, sustainability education, and public engagement. When I moved into my first dorm room a million years ago (also at a small Northeast college), the last thing I had on my mind were SIP s and Btu s. I was mostly concerned about whether or not the college-run snack bar was open until 2 a.m. From the sounds of it, TerraHaus' inaugural residents are enthusiastic about their new digs and ready to embrace low-energy living head on.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/blogs/unit...

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