Ukrainian engineer Max Gerbut has just unveiled the prototype of PassivDom, which is a passive tiny house with many intriguing features. PassiveDom was built using 3D printing technology, and according to Max, it is the first completely autonomous house in the world, since it does not require any fuel combustion of any sort, no matter where it is placed i.e. not even in an Arctic climate. […]
Lansdowne Drive is a passive house that was recently built in London by the firm Tectonics Architects. Itâ€™s certainly passive house architecture at its best, and a great example of modern architecture to boot.
The house was built on a very small lot, so they put the lower level half underground to make the most of the available space. Even so, the home only measures 1011 sq ft. The kitchen and living area are located on the upper floor, and this part of the home features large windows that let in plenty of light and offer great views. The lower level houses the entrance, bedrooms and bathrooms. […]
Passive homes are often criticized for being more about satisfying rigid and strict guidelines than about being a home to somebody. But thankfully, that is starting to change in recent times, as is clearly demonstrated by the so-called Tigh na Croit house recently built in Scotland. Just looking at the pictures Iâ€™d never guess this was a Passive Home, due to its modern design. Itâ€™s spacious, full of natural daylight and must be quite comfortable to live in. it also recently won the Passivhaus award, given out by UKâ€™s Passivhaus Trust, in the Rural Category. […]
Passive homes tend to be a little boxy and unappealing, which is probably the reason they havenâ€™t caught on as much as they could. So itâ€™s nice to see companies finding ways around that. One such example is certainly the Cousins River Residence, which was designed by GO Logic of Maine. This firm has been making prefab and passivhaus homes for a while now, and the simple elegance of their designs sets them apart from others. […]
The so-called Right-Sized Oak Park Home, designed by architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is a great example of how a passive and sustainable house does not need to be about giving up comfort and other modern conveniences. It boasts of a number of sustainable features and certifications, yet still fits right in with the other houses in Chicagoâ€™s Oak Park neighborhood, which is famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright house.
Designer and builder Andrew Michler recently built a passive home for himself near Fort Collins, Colorado, which is made from either naturally regenerative or recyclable materials, and by using the Cradle to Cradle methodology. Despite the fact that this home is located in a very cold region, he also wanted to find a substitute for the plastic foam insulation, which is typically used in these cases. Foam plastic insulation has high embodied energy, is made with hazardous chemicals and is full of toxic flame retardants.