In 2005 and 2006 I interviewed George Sullivan, a Chicago-based architect bullishly determined to remake midwestern homes more energy-efficient, without all the silly trappings of past eco-movements, such as solar panels. At least not in the Midwest, where the most important factor in energy cost is insulation.
Ears here aren't entirely deaf to passive homes. They just need the volume turned up.
Visit George's company page at www.ecosmartbuilding.com.