17 Nov '11, 2pm

How one Minneapolis resident defended his home from the winter -- without a furnace or fireplace

A lot of people talk a good game about passive heating, but are they willing to face getting through a Minneapolis winter with no furnace and no fireplace? Paul Brazelton is. He recently finished retrofitting his home to become one of less than two dozen passivhauses in the U.S., which will mean facing 20-below winters with nothing but two small space heaters to heat a 2,000-foot home. He and his family had better hope passive heating works. Luckily, it does, and it can mean energy savings of 75 to 90 percent. It does require a LOT of work, though: Desiree and the Brazeltons' three daughters moved in with relatives as the work started this summer. Stucco was removed from the exterior. The rotting chimney was torn down. Heavy machinery dug a trench around the basement foundation. What followed was a complicated process of adding insulation so that the home's shell -- everyt...

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