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Photo by Randy Hanson Dr. Gary Konkol is looking forward to the completion of his three-level, 1,940-square-foot passive house. The sun's warmth coming through the large south- and west-facing windows will heat the thickly insulated home.

North Hudson man takes building 'green' to a new level


It's an understatement to say that Dr. Gary Konkol's new house isn't a cookie-cutter design.

The curious three-level, flat-roofed building under construction on Kirkwood Way North, just outside the North Hudson village limits, will be the most energy efficient home in the Midwest when it is completed this summer.

It will be the first certified "passive house" in Wisconsin - and one of 20 or fewer in all of the United States.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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