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May 6, 2014 in City
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Robin and Pat Rickey and their dog, Jade, live in a 1,500-square-foot passive house, near Elk.

“Passive” in the name refers to gaining energy savings of 60 to 70 percent – and up to 90 percent savings in heating cost – without more “active” furnace and air conditioners, large geothermal systems or elaborate solar panels.

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Pat Rickey, second from left, and his wife, Robin, stand in their kitchen with the home designer Sam Rodell, left, and contractor Gavin Tenold, of Pura Vida Homes.