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Five Passivhaus Concepts for New Orleans

DesignByMany recently held a contest seeking a low-cost, low-energy home for New Orleans. The brief requested designs in a shotgun typology and entrants were encouraged to strive to meet Passive House standards.  The winners have now been announced and sustainable.TO took top honors, according to Arch Daily.  Check out the top five homes, and click through for more detail on each home.

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Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy is a design for an affordable, cold-climate Passive House by Tim Eian of TE Studio, the firm behind the first Passive House in Wisconsin.  Eian says Synergy is “a beacon for the 21st century renaissance of residential high-performance design.”  In other words, this is a home for everyone: it’s traditional, comfortable, light-filled, and attainable.

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The First Passive House in North Carolina

This home is officially the first Passive House in North Carolina.  It’s also the first Passive House in the country built out of concrete, according to Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant and owner of Anchorage Building Corp., the builder.  Senior said his company was able to keep construction costs “surprisingly reasonable” by fashioning the entire exterior from concrete.

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Modern Prototype Passivhaus in Syracuse

This is R-House, a recently built prototype home in Syracuse that is pursuing both Passive House and LEED certification.  It was recently honored with a 2011 AIA Housing Award, and one of the jurors said the 1,100 square-foot home presents “A new slant on sustainability!”  R-House was designed in partnership by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office and is an interesting case study for the next generation of smaller, greener, ultra-low energy homes.

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The First Passive House in New York

Perhaps you’ve seen renderings of the Hudson Passive Project among trees in the middle of a scenic green field.  The project was designed by New York-based Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC, and it just so happens that construction is all complete.  Certification paperwork is all in order, and this is officially the first certified Passive House in the state of New York.  It’s also one of the highest performing homes in the country.

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The Rise of the Passive House [The Tyee]

Passive House is an increasingly popular low-energy standard.  Passive Houses must be airtight (0.60 ACH at 50 Pascals) and low energy (4.75 kBTU/ft2/year max heating and cooling demand and 38 kBTU/ft2/year maximum primary demand) — requirements that slash energy demand by about 90%.  Due to increasing popularity of Passive House, media mentions like this mini-series in The Tyee — are becoming more common.

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