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The most noticeable feature of a tortoise is its massive shell. But what happens if you touch it? Caretakers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo fill us in.



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Goofy evening with Max.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:19 AM

A passive house takes an active stand for the environment

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Colorado’s first certified “passive house” outside Fort Collins is largely heated by the sun,
even in the dead of winter.


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About an hour’s drive north from Boulder’s city center, a small cabin-like structure sits nestled tightly between three healthy Ponderosa pines. Its south face, with seven giant triple-pane windows, overlooks Rocky Mountain National Park and lets in rays of wintery sunshine. Andrew Michler, the building’s mastermind, architect and builder, calls this 1,200-square-foot space home. With unmistakable pride, he also claims it’s Colorado’s most energy-efficient house.

The building is in fact Colorado’s first internationally certified “passive house,” or, according to Michler, a house built according to a “globally-recognized building design technique that promises huge cuts in energy use.” By using super tight insulation and thick south-facing windows — trademarks of the passive house — Michler’s home relies almost entirely on its natural surroundings for its electricity, heat, cooling and water.

He doesn’t pay a gas bill; the sun does the work instead of oil. A 1,500-gallon rainwater catchment tank supplies all non-potable water. All of the electricity flowing through the sockets also comes from the sun. When it’s too hot inside, Michler simply opens the windows or blows air through a series of tubes that he installed underground, so as to let the earth cool down the air before diverting the streams inside. Altogether, Michler’s house consumes about 90 percent less energy than his neighbors. ...



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