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March 28, 2014
The Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, on Friday announced 20 finalists for its 2014 Passive House Awards, singling out houses, office buildings, and other structures designed and built to the institute's exacting standards. (Put simply, certified passive houses have airtight envelopes and require no artificial heating or cooling.) An international jury selected finalists in six categories—single-family houses;apartment buildings; office and special-use buildings; retrofits; and urban planning. Among them are three projects in the United States, where the Passive House concept has been slower to catch on than in Europe. The winners will be announced in Aachen, Germany, on April 25. Click through the slideshow to view a selection of the finalists.
Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn

A 3,120-square-foot 19th-century brownstone building in Park Slope, Brooklyn—the first certified Passive House in New York City—was one of three finalists in the retrofits category. Fabrica718, an environmentally focused Brooklyn design practice, renovated the house starting in 2009. Photo by Hai Zhang.

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Glendowie House, Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand's first passive house, designed by Jessop Architects, is a finalist in the single-family home category. Photo by ECOWINDOWS, Raglan, New Zealand.

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Oravarinne Passive Houses, Espoo, Finland

Kimmo Lylykangas Architects designed three two-story passive houses in Espoo, Finland, near Helsinki, as a pilot project for the Finnish social housing company TA Asunnot. Photo by Kimmo Lylykangas Architects.

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Belfield Homes, Philadelphia

The three units in the Belfield Homesare the first certified Passive House homes in Philadelphia. Designed by Plumbob, the project is a model for low-income urban infill development, providing sustainable homes for those who can least afford to absorb rising energy costs. It is a finalist in the single-family home category. Photo by Sam Oberter Photography.

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Seminar and apartment building in Goesan, South Korea

ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin designed this seminar and apartment building in Goesan, South Korea, which is a finalist in the educational buildings category. Photo: ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin.

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Boyen Street Zero Emission Building, Berlin

This multi-family structure in Berlin, designed by Deimel Oelschläger Architekten, is a finalist in the apartment buildings category. Photo by Deimel Oelschläger Architekten.

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Artist Studio, Orient, New York

Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects designed this artist's studio in Orient, New York, on the North Fork of Long Island, to conform to Passive House standards. It is a finalist in the office and special-use buildings category. Photo by Ty Cole Photography.

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Passive house in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

This house in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, designed by BLAF Architecten, is a finalist in the single-family homes category. Photo by Blaf Architecten.

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Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn

A 3,120-square-foot 19th-century brownstone building in Park Slope, Brooklyn—the first certified Passive House in New York City—was one of three finalists in the retrofits category. Fabrica718, an environmentally focused Brooklyn design practice, renovated the house starting in 2009. Photo by Hai Zhang.

Photo by Hai Zhang.

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