How did you get involved working with e-co lab?
I lived in the same town where Katrin Klingenberg built the first Passive House in North America. I was building conventionally at that time (2003), with scant attention to energy efficiency, but I was impressed with her house. I met and got to know Kat, who was looking for a builder for e-co lab, a community-housing development organization building Passive Houses for low-income, first-time homeowners. I really liked the idea of decoupling people of limited income from volatile energy costs, and it seemed that it would also be great to be able to show that a Passive House could be built affordably. In 2005, I took the job and built the first of e-co lab’s affordable Passive House projects in partnership with the city of Urbana, Ill.