Prefab 2021 Issue

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Passive House Buildings magazine is now Passive House Accelerator magazine and our latest issue is available for download on the Passive House Accelerator website. The newest issue, Passive Goes Prefab, covers the tremendous growth in recent years of the manufacturing of specialized prefabricated assemblies for Passive House buildings. The use of prefabricated elements can bring many benefits, from more predictable quality and cost to less waste to shorter construction times.

Dive into the latest issue to read all about which North American manufacturing companies are stepping up to meet the demand for these high-performance products. Enjoy and stay tuned for our future issues.

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Articles in this Issue


BC Passive House

cross-laminated timber, dowel-laminated timber, and nail-laminated timber are just a few of the tricks BC Passive House utilizes in their prefabricated construction


B Public Case Study Contemporary Home Amid Majestic Views

Nestled into the resort mountain community of Taos Ski Valley in northern New Mexico sits a contemporary passive structure in the final stages of completion.


Maine Mountain Retreat

From our Passive House Accelerator Prefab Magazine


Silvergreen: Unique History Meets High-Tech Fabrication 

Located outside Philadelphia, the Silvergreen residence stands on the original site of the community of Bryn Athyn, which was established in the early 1890s by the Swedenborgian New Church society.


Quantum Passivhaus

Quantum Passivhaus opened its doors four years ago and has been busy designing, fabricating, and constructing Passive House residences ever since.



Tedd Benson founded Bensonwood in 1973 after a stint in woodworking. Initially sparked by his attraction to New England-style timber frame homes that had lasted centuries, he started the company as an antidote to the poor quality of home construction that had become status quo throughout the country. 


Build With Nature

Build With Nature combines the best of prefabrication and passive house building methods with one of the most renewable, carbon-sinking materials available—straw. The company has set high ambitions for itself: regenerating the North American construction economy in a way that bolsters ecological harmony.



Build SMART was an early entrant in the fabrication of Passive House-quality panels, having been established in 2015 by David Boyer, the president of PROSOCO.


Collective Carpentry

Collective Carpentry, originally a general contracting business, morphed into a prefab manufacturing and construction company six years ago after a brutal winter in Invermere, British Columbia, where the firm is based.



Ecocor is a manufacturer of prefabricated net-zero energy and Passive House certified homes based in the bucolic town of Searsmont, Maine.


Element 5

Element 5 has supplied mass timber components and fully panelized systems for high-performance projects since commencing operations in 2015.


GO Logic

“If we want to transform the construction industry, and I think that’s needed, panelization is the way to do it,” says Alan Gibson


N.A. Structures

N.A. Structures, the Quebec-based panelization and structural steel building company, has been in operation for six years, completing around 35 prefabricated buildings a year.


New Frameworks

New Frameworks, founded in 2006, is a worker-owned cooperative based in Vermont that offers design-build services, Passive House consulting, and straw prefabricated panels.


Phoenix Haus

Phoenix Haus, led by co-owners and siblings Bill McDonald and Kate McDonald, is based in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Simple Life Homes

Simple Life Homes is a company that is consistently exploring new technologies, new models, and new iterations to remain at the cutting edge of high-performance building.


Stich Consulting & Design

Stich consulting & design was founded in 2013 by Tomaz and Jasminka Stich to facilitate the construction of Passive House buildings.



StructureCraft is at its heart a structural engineering and design firm that specializes in creating beautiful mass timber structures.



TAG was established to fill a market gap, producing the panels that COfounder David Arnott’s other firm, STARK Architecture, deemed most useful.

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