James Brew

Authored Works

Are U.S. Windows “Open” for Improvement?

I was helping a colleague work on his Passive House in New Hampshire last fall, and was surprised when he told me that he was going to “buy and try” four windows—each from a different manufacturer—before buying them all from a single supplier. He claimed that he wanted all the important elements of the new home to inspire future occupants with their 100-year details.


Achieving Passivhaus Standard in North America: Lessons Learned

To help mitigate climate change, the incremental approach to making homes and buildings less bad or 30% better than code is not going to work. We need aggressive, actionable solutions now. The Passive House standard (Passivhaus in German) is one of the world’s most aggressive, proven, voluntary approaches to radical…