Could you imagine the money you would save if your house didn’t need a furnace?
Furnace free: How to turn a drafty, decades-old house into an engineering marvel
Sometime in the next few weeks, Paul Brazelton will move his family into a 1935 Tudor in south Minneapolis that has no furnace. He’s just finished a massive renovation of the home and even though winter’s bearing down, he removed the boiler and plans to use that basement space for his daughters’ home-school classroom.
He also took out the fireplace.
If this sounds like the most uninviting house (and classroom) in Minneapolis, there’s something else to know. Brazelton, a software engineer and passionate environmentalist, has nearly finished a retrofit of his house to the stringent engineering standards of the Passivhaus model, a German system of homebuilding that uses insulation and highly efficient doors and windows to save energy.