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    This Maine home can stay 70 degrees without a furnace, even when it's freezing outsid

    This Maine home can stay 70 degrees without a furnace, even when it's freezing outside


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    What if you could design a house that on a cold day in January would stay at 70 degrees inside without running the furnace? Or even having a furnace?

    It's already being done. In fact, what's known as the Passivhaus concept came to the United States in 2006, and is being used to construct buildings throughout the U.S. Maine Public recently visited a passive house in the town of Hope to find out how it works and what it costs.


    It's 31 degrees outside when Patrick McCunney greets a reporter on the porch of his newly built passive house. He moved here from Philadelphia with his wife, Madeleine Mackell, and their two young daughters a little over a year ago, and the couple says that they decided to build the 1,500-square-foot, two-story New England farmhouse-style home knowing that they would save money on energy over time.While it was 31 degrees outside, the inside was much cozier.


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    I would want the furnace just in case.
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    I wonder how it does with the AC
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    I wonder how it does with the AC
    If those windows open, and with fans I bet they can keep a Maine summer comfortable 99% of the time.
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    Man, those side windows, I would love to see the interior during the day, it must be so bright and airy! It makes me happy just thinking about it.

    My parents had a house in Maine with a sun porch that was glass on three sides, and had a glass ceiling, even in the middle of winter it was my nap destination, as long as the sun was out.

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