The newest installment of POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works” series explores how passive construction could fundamentally alter the world’s carbon balance and the moves made by a controversial mayor to combat climate change in America’s most environmentally friendly city.
The House That Could Save the World – Portland is home to the largest “Passive House” in North America. The high performing energy-efficient home is one of just 150 certified houses nationwide, a figure that is now starting to change, along with concern about climate change and a growing understanding that houses and other buildings account for 40 percent of all energy consumption and a third of carbon emissions nationally.
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