Author Archive | Laura Nettleton


Tips for Retrofitting to Passive House Standards: A Case Study from Thoughtful Balance

Thoughtful Balance, a sustainable architecture and design firm, renovated and retrofitted a former YMCA into the 84-unit McKeesport Downtown Housing – the first retrofit of this scale to be designed to meet Passive House Standards anywhere in the U.S! The 65,ooo-square-foot building was in rough condition, with aging systems and a 40-amp electric service that […]

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Thoughtful Balance’s Recent Passive House Project: Did We or Did We Not?

We have completed our McKeesport Downtown Housing project, 84 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for people at risk for homelessness.  It is a remarkable project in several ways; it is the first attempt at a complex multi-family retrofit as a Passive House in the country, it is a historic building insulated from the inside, […]

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