Collection by Kelsey Keith

Passive Houses Across America


A new book on passive houses by designer Julie Torres Moskovitz highlights the super-green homes of our sustainable present (and future).

Brooklyn-based architectural designer Julie Torres Moskovitz completed New York's first certified Passive House last year in Park Slope, which Dwell highlighted in our April 2013 issue. Also in 2013, Torres Moskovitz published her first book, The Greenest Home, with Princeton Architectural Press. The book profiles 18 of the world's greenest houses by the likes of Architectural Research Office, Bernheimer Architecture (one half of the former Della Valle Bernheimer), Olson Kundig Architects, Onion Flats, and more. Here are three homes highlighted in the book, from Brooklyn to Rhode Island.

First things first: What's a Passive House? They're well insulated, virtually airtight buildings who must meet strict...
The interior of an urban passive house by Loadingdock5, located at 174 Grand Street in Brooklyn. Photo by: Raimund Koch.
Little Compton Retreat in Little Compton, Rhode Island, completed by ZeroEnergy Design in 2011. Photo by: Greg Premru.
South-facing windows, bedrooms situated at each end of a simple gabled structure, and a sleeping loft maximize both...
Orient House (2012) on Long Island was an existing structure retrofitted by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects to conform...
An existing 1970s house was renovated to Passive House standards of construction, though the north-facing views and...
The Greenest Home by Julie Torres Moskovitz is out now from Princeton Architectural Press; buy it on Amazon here.