In casual conversation at the Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" event at Friends Care, last night, FCC Director Carl Zalar revealed that the design of the proposed senior apartments to go in on the Barr property on Xenia Avenue in downtown has been changed to incorporate passive building technology that will cut energy costs by up to 90%. According to Zalar, the benefits of the savings will inure to the tenants. The changes will not affect the planned look of the building, and other features, such as the green roof, are still a go.
Passive building technology has been popular in Europe, mostly in Germany, for a few years now. I was recently introduced to it by an article in the the New York Times.