passive house vs pattern language smackdown!
A passive house is supposed to have very little surface area and no fireplace to reduce energy loss.
"A Pattern Language" states livable homes must have a fireplace and many bump outs and alcoves which greatly increase surface area and cost of the foundation.
It would seem impossible to build a comfortable passive house that did not feel like a shell. Has anyone managed to create a livable, passive house for unpredictable, wet new england?