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Established in 2011, The Passive Design Council aims to support and promote passive design in construction and housing. Find out more about their seminars, design guides, membership, and their annual passive design competition on the website.
Passive House Japan is a non-profit institute focused on promoting passive design and energy efficient home design in Japan. Check out their website to learn more about the passive house concept, see the work they’ve done, find out more about training and seminars, see the tools they have available for you, and more.
The Passive Design Office is a design firm that wants to help people build beautiful, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly homes, and they can help you from start to finish, at every stage of the way – from financing to finding the right location. Find out more about their “Ethical Life” philosophy, see the work that they’ve done, and find out more about their services and how they can help you with what you need.
The Japan Passive House Center promotes and supports passive design and provides consultation services for anyone looking to implement energy-efficient and environmentally friendly designs in their projects. They also provide training programs and seminars for groups, and you can check out their projects on their website.
Inez Vilar writes about winning entry and the ideas and design firm behind the house itself.
The Shinken Housing Digital reports on the winners of the Eco House Awards of 2016.
Find out more about the Passive Design Council’s effort in promoting the industry’s first means of passive design certification.
Want to learn more about environmentally friendly and passive design? Read about these online courses that have been launched by Forward to 1985 Energy Life and CRM.
As climate change continues to affect more and more people all over the world in increasingly significant – and, it should be noted, mostly harmful – ways, the push for greener solutions for everyday life and living is drawing the attention of more organizations, both private and governmental. Passive houses and energy efficient buildings are seen to play a key role in reducing the carbon footprint of urbanized zones, which, as they currently stand, contribute plenty to environmental degradation; their primary functions being to reduce energy usage and wastefulness, which in turn not only reduce carbon footprints, but makes for vastly more comfortable and some rather economical living for those who have ‘em.
It’s not just about pure function, though – plenty of these come in some rather unique and lovely-looking designs. Here are just a few that caught my eye:
This is simple-yet-lovely-looking, inexpensive, and well-insulated house in West Kirby, Wirral (UK) features high ceilings, plenty of natural light coming in, and exceeds Passivhaus standards by up to four times. The designers have noted that in its two years of use and occupancy, its total energy expenditures were less than £15 (or about $20) a year – that’s about £1.25 (or less than $2) a month! You can see more of the house over at John McCall Architects.
When it opens in the summer of 2017, the 26-storey Cornell Tech Residential building will be the world’s tallest Passive House building. It has room for over 500 beds for student and faculty use, and it will be 60-70% more energy efficient compared to more conventionally designed and built buildings. Check out the quick video above, and read more about it through Inhabitat’s extensive feature on the Cornell Tech Residential Tower.
Created by ZEPHIR-Passivhaus Italy, the prefabricated, 25-square-meter Biosphera 2.0 is designed to be a comfortable home in a variety of climates, such as cold, wintry areas or warm, summery places. Built using passive house principles and standards and capable of generating its own energy through its rooftop solar panels, it is both energy efficient and independent. Check out the official Biosphera 2.0 website (Italian).
How about you? Seen any good-looking, eco-friendly houses that you really liked?
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