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Passivhaus Institut Announces 2014 Finalists

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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.

A 3,120-square-foot 19th-century brownstone building in Park Slope, Brooklyn—the first certified Passive House in New...
New Zealand's first passive house, designed by Jessop Architects, is a finalist in the single-family home category.
Kimmo Lylykangas Architects designed three two-story passive houses in Espoo, Finland, near Helsinki, as a pilot...
The three units in the Belfield Homesare the first certified Passive House homes in Philadelphia.
ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin designed this seminar and apartment building in Goesan, South Korea, which is a finalist...
This multi-family structure in Berlin, designed by Deimel Oelschläger Architekten, is a finalist in the apartment...
Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects designed this artist's studio in Orient, New York, on the North Fork of Long Island,...
This house in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, designed by BLAF Architecten, is a finalist in the single-family homes category.
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