Architect: Baxt Ingui Architects, Location: New York, New York
From the window company: "[The project] included a rehabilitation of a townhouse built in the early 1900s. It was revitalized by New York–based studio Baxt Ingui, who respected the original historical architecture of the main building and restored the front facade, while adding a new third floor with a mansard and a modern rear addition whose size rivals the existing home. Being a passive house plus allows the project to perform incredibly well, while saving 80% to 90% of the energy needed to heat and cool the building. Additional passive house attributes include an energy recovery ventilation system, which is filtered and makes for a healthier home, an incredibly quiet indoor environment, and, due to the well-sealed nature of the construction, a relatively bug- and critter-free environment."
Architect: North River Architecture & Planning, PC, Location: Accord, New York
From the architect: "This 1,730-square-foot single-family residence achieved PHIUS+ certification. While passive house certification is becoming a recognizable guarantee of radically lower energy use, perhaps of equal importance to our clients are the other features: the home is healthy, comfortable, and low-maintenance. Designed for our senior designer, Peter Reynolds, the house also has a nine-kilowatt photovoltaic array on roof, making this a net-zero building capable of producing more energy annually than it requires."
Architect: Wyant Architecture, Location: Nether Providence Township, Pennsylvania
From the architect: "Composed of a cluster of volumes, marked prominently by a gabled roof form, the Wallingford Passive Solar House combines modern architecture, environmental responsibility, and a flexible open floor plan that fosters ample opportunities for a young family to connect with the outdoors and with each other. Environmental responsibility extends from the architectural design to the site, where a complex underground storm water retention system collects rainwater runoff and slowly filters it back into the landscape."
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Architect: Neumann Monson Architects, Location: Iowa City, Iowa
From the architect: "Pragmatic building strategies and an expressive palette bring zero-energy building performance to a walkable Iowa City neighborhood. Supplementing the radiant floor is a highly efficient, geothermal climate control system coupled to a horizontally bored loop beneath the parcel. When cooling the home, heat is rejected into the pool via a heat exchanger, further maximizing efficiency. Perched atop the roof, a 10.08-kilowatt photovoltaic array powers the mechanical system, car charging station, LED lighting, and Energy Star appliances."
From the architect: "The 10-Star Home is a stunning example of how sustainable can be beautiful, modern, functional, and affordable. With a 10-star energy rating, carbon positive accreditation, and design based on zero-waste and Building Biology philosophies, this home truly treads lightly on this planet. Beyond the beautiful and clever design, the 10-Star Home inspires a more sustainable lifestyle—organic waste created on-site during construction was used to start an active compost for use in the home’s edible garden, inspiring a lifestyle of growing your own food. The construction based on Building Biology principles also inspires a lifestyle that continues to keep the home healthy and non-toxic."
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