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Actively Passive - 1st building in New York region to meet tough Passivhaus energy standards

Actively Passive - 1st building in New York region to meet tough Passivhaus energy standards | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This artist studio in the town of Orient, Long Island is the first structure in the New York metropolitan region, and one of about a dozen in the United States, to be meet the stringent environmental standards of the Passivhaus Institute, based in Darmstadt, Germany.

 With its rough-hewn dark brown wood cladding, it uses 90 percent less heating energy than a typical house. Compare that with the average house built to the LEED rating system: Studies show that LEED-certified homes generally save less than 25 percent in heating energy over typical U.S. construction.

 

 Lower energy bills are only one of the selling points of Passivhaus, or Passive House, construction, which is becoming widespread in German speaking countries and Scandinavia. “The principal reason that people get these houses in Europe is that they are so incredibly comfortable,” says William Ryall, of Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects. “You have fresh air and humidity control all of the time and because of all the insulation, they are extraordinarily quiet in urban settings,” says Ryall...

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Passive House Retreat in Rhode Island

Passive House Retreat in Rhode Island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Recently I realized that we neglected to follow up on a Passive House project discussed in pre-construction way back in March 2010.

Located in Little Compton, the 1,200 square-foot retreat has three bedrooms, one of which is a kid’s loft, two bathrooms, a tub room, and an open kitchen, dining and living area.

The handsome, gable-roofed structure saves energy with the combination of super insulation (R40 walls, R40 slab, and R70 roof), air sealing, high-performance windows, passive solar heating, a heat recovery ventilator, and an energy monitoring system, according a profile by ZED.

Other than LEED and Energy Star certification, Passive House certification is in progress.

Little Compton was finished with a modern Poggenpohl kitchen, contemporary furniture from Addo Novo, no- and low-VOC materials, paints, and sealants, and a whole-house ventilation system.

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Passive Progressive in Philadelphia

Passive Progressive in Philadelphia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A pioneering green developer in Philadelphia is pushing the envelope of sustainability with a mixed-use project called The Ridge on the banks of the Schuylkill River, which is expected to become the nation’s largest Passive House, a net-zero energy building. In doing so, design-build development firm Onion Flats aims to redefine mixed-use development by example.

On December 5, Onion Flats was selected by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) to redevelop a vacant site bound by Kelly Drive, Calumet Street, and Ridge Avenue at the terminus of the Fairmount Park jogging and biking trails, forming a gateway for the East Falls neighborhood...

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Low Cost/Low Energy House for New Orleans

Low Cost/Low Energy House for New Orleans | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Hosted by Design By Many, the Passive House for New Orleans competition challenges designers to design a single-family dwelling that is sustainable in the broadest sense of the term:

affordable to build and purchase, long-lasting, with minimal impact on the local environment, and affordable to heat and cool throughout the life of the building. 

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One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World

One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This sweet and compact home was designed by Dennis Wedlick Architect, who has been long commited to sustainability, and built with the support of the New York State Energy Research Development Authority through the High Performance Energy Challenge.

It was intended as an energy conservation project, a prototype home-of-tomorrow that demonstrates the energy-saving potential of residential architecture.
His project, the Hudson Passive Project has tested out as one of the highest performing passive houses in the world...

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Andrew Michler Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun

Andrew Michler Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
It can be argued that great architectural design is about relationships - light, land, human, and environmental needs all must be aligned for a project to excel. Ignatov Architects’ Equinox House answers all these needs with a celestial vision and Passive House performance.

The home is deeply integrated with its site near the shore and close to the town Kavarna in Bulgaria. A sloped window set to the angle of the summer solstice transforms the home's interior into a measure of the seasonal waxing and waning of the sun. This facade also dramatically improves the performance of the house with huge windows overlooking the Black Sea...

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Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years

Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Carraig Ridge Passive House is an innovative home designed for those who really want to get away from it all; additionally, the energy self-sufficient prototype has been designed with a potential 300-year, cradle-to-cradle lifespan.

The project is the vision of architects Les Eerkes and Steven Rainville in association with Tom Kundig and Olson Kundig Architects. The prototype calls for nine homes to be developed in a cluster of 3 to 5 acre lots, with the intent that the development of a small portion of the property will partially fund the creation of a 4,000-acre Canadian nature reserve.

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