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2017 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

PHIUS awarded the finalists of the 2017 Passive Projects Competition during the annual Design Awards ceremony on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the 12th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Seattle, WA. Back by popular demand, this juried competition recognizes exemplary fully-certified passive building projects of all types and climate zones.

Tim Weyand of Passive House Northwest (PHNW) announced the winners during the ceremony (left) with Katrin Klingenberg of PHIUS.

We extend special thanks to this year's panel of volunteer judges: Alison Kwok, Betsy Pettit, Mary Rogero, Walter Grondzik, and Katrin Klingenberg.

 

Tim Weyand, PHNW and Katrin Klingenberg, PHIUS Executive Director

The competition awards Winner and Honorable Mention designations in the categories of Single Family, Multifamily, Affordable, and Commercial, as well as Best Overall Project and Best Project by a Young Professional (Under 35). Competition entries were judged on their strength in the following categories: energy performance, design, craftsmanship, use of healthy materials, level of difficulty for the given climate and site, and cost effectiveness of the Affordable projects. The 2017 Finalists were awarded as follows:

 

BEST OVERALL PROJECT - WINNER

ELM PLACE, Milton, VT -- PHIUS+ 2015 Certified

CPHC®: Chris West, Eco-Houses of Vermont
Architect: Duncan•Wisniewski Architecture
Structural: Hardy Structural Engineering
MEP: Engineering Services of Vermont
PHIUS+ Rater: Karen Bushey, CPHC®, Efficiency Vermont

Cathedral Square Corporation is a non-profit developer providing affordable, senior housing with common space and support services to allow seniors to live independently as long as possible. The project designer had worked with them on several earlier projects, all quite energy efficient. They were excited when they responded to our passive house advocacy - but given limited funding, Cathedral Square could only do it if it didn't cost anything additional from standard. Eventually they did secure some additional funding to cover the 2% gap. This is the first certified, multifamily passive building project in Vermont.

The program was to develop 30 affordable residences on a long thin, seemingly unpromising, suburban site; the first project in the Town of Milton's newly designated downtown, pedestrian friendly core.

Learn more about ELM PLACE

Chris West CPHC®, Eco-Houses of Vermont

 

ELM PLACE

BEST PROJECT BY A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL UNDER 35

DELPHI PASSIVE HOUSE, Olympia, WA -- PHIUS+ 2015 Certified, PHIUS+ Source Zero Certified

CPHC®: Randy Foster, Artisans Group
Architect: Tessa Smith CPHC®
Builder: The Artisans Group
Energy Modeling: Skylar Swinford, CPHC®

The Delphi Passive House is situated on a small hill with a stunning southern view of three Pacific Northwest stratovolcanoes visible in the distance. Anticipating an increase in illness related health needs, the clients wanted to build a responsive Aging In Place home. Design solutions for a steady increase in sensitivity to light and temperature fluctuations, along with a steady decrease in mobility and balance, were part of the client's program of needs from day one. The Passive House concept was introduced to the client because the CPHC/architects saw it as an exceptionally strong option for their needs when paired with Universal Design principles. These included a single story open floor plan featuring cork floors, a thresholdless shower, and large doorways for wheelchair accessibility.

Learn more about the DELPHI Passive House

L-R: Tim Weyand, PHNW, Tessa Smith CPHC®, Artisans Group

 

DELPHI Passive House

SINGLE FAMILY - WINNER

DELPHI PASSIVE HOUSE, Olympia, WA -- PHIUS+ 2015 Certified, PHIUS+ Source Zero Certified

CPHC®: Randy Foster, Artisans Group
Architect: Tessa Smith CPHC®
Builder: The Artisans Group
Energy Modeling: Skylar Swinford CPHC®

Learn more about the DELPHI Passive House

L-R: Tim Weyand, PHNW, Tessa Smith CPHC®, Artisans Group

 

DELPHI Passive House (interior)

SINGLE FAMILY - HONORABLE MENTION

CHRISTIANSON PASSIVE HOUSE, Seattle, WA -- PHIUS+ 2015 Certified, PHIUS+ Source Zero

CPHC®: Win Swafford, domestic Tranquility, Jan Fillinger, STUDIO-E Architecture
PHIUS Certified Builder: Carl Christianson, G. Christianson Construction
PHIUS+ Rater: Ryan Shanahan, CPHC®, Earth Advantage

As an owner and builder, Christianson wanted to be able to showcase their work to potential clients as well as encourage other builders in the Corvallis area to build to their level. The home is built to last well beyond their lifetimes with extremely durable finishes on the exterior, seismic restraints well above code requirements and net zero energy use. By reducing energy use through Passive House construction they were able to install enough solar to become net zero.

This beautiful Contemporary Craftsman style custom passive house has a carbon footprint 1/5 that of a typically built house in Oregon of a similar size (and even less with its solar panels). Its 12″ thick walls with cork insulation, high efficiency windows & doors, solar panels, heat pump hot water, Energy Star appliances, HRV fresh air unit, and natural daylighting keep its utility bills exceptionally low.

Learn more about the Christianson Passive House

L-R: Win Swafford CPHC®, domestic Tranquility, Jan Fillinger CPHC®, STUDIO-E Architecture

 

CHRISTIANSON Passive House

MULTIFAMILY - WINNER

ELM PLACE, Milton, VT
PHIUS+ 2015 Certified

CPHC®: Chris West, Eco-Houses of Vermont
Architect: Duncan•Wisniewski Architecture
Structural: Hardy Structural Engineering
MEP: Engineering Services of Vermont
PHIUS+ Rater: Karen Bushey, CPHC®, Efficiency Vermont

Learn more about ELM PLACE

 

ELM PLACE

MULTIFAMILY - HONORABLE MENTION

THE HENRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG COMMONS, Washington, DC -- PHIUS+ Certified

CPHC®: Michael Hindle, Passive to Positive
Architect: ZA+D, LLC, Bruce Zavos, Principal, Matt Fine®, Project Manager
Builder: Hamel Builders, Inc. – Phil Gibbs, CEO; Mike Mueller, Project Executive; Teresa Hamm, Project Manager
PHIUS+ Rater: Chris Conway, CPHC®, Conway Energy
Developer: Housing Up (formerly THC Affordable Housing)

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Commons is an innovative, nationally recognized apartment community that combines state-of-the-art energy performance features with affordable rents and a range of supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless families. Housing Up has established the reduction of energy costs as a paramount goal, and we began the Weinberg Commons project with that goal in mind.

The 36-unit project used 9 percent tax-credit financing to reclaim three blighted in Southeast DC, utilizing Passive House design principles that reduce energy consumption by over 50 percent. Developer and owner, Housing Up, passes on these cost savings to low-income tenants through below-market rental rates that include utilities.

Completed and fully leased in October 2015, Weinberg Commons is the first multi-family retrofit project in the United States to achieve Passive House certification, which is widely considered the most rigorous energy performance standard in the world. Despite being on the leading edge of architectural innovation, the project remained financially feasible, delivering a projected 4 percent IRR. 

Learn more about Weinberg Commons

L-R: Michael Hindle CPHC®, passive to positive, Matt Fine CPHC®, Peabody Architects (formerly with ZA+D) 

 

THE HENRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG COMMONS

AFFORDABLE - WINNER

THE HENRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG COMMONS,
Washington, DC
PHIUS+ Certified

CPHC®: Michael Hindle, Passive to Positive
Architect: ZA+D, LLC, Bruce Zavos, Principal, Matt Fine, CPHC®, Project Manager
Builder: Hamel Builders, Inc. – Phil Gibbs, CEO; Mike Mueller, Project Executive; Teresa Hamm, Project Manager
PHIUS+ Rater: Chris Conway, CPHC®, Conway Energy
Developer: Housing Up (formerly THC Affordable Housing)

Learn more about Weinberg Commons

 

THE HENRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG COMMONS

AFFORDABLE - HONORABLE MENTION

ELM PLACE, Milton, VT
PHIUS+ 2015 Certified

CPHC®: Chris West, Eco-Houses of Vermont
Architect: Duncan•Wisniewski Architecture
Structural: Hardy Structural Engineering
MEP: Engineering Services of Vermont
PHIUS+ Rater: Karen Bushey, Efficiency Vermont

Learn more about ELM PLACE

 

ELM PLACE

COMMERCIAL - WINNER

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at KINDERHOOK, NY -- PHIUS+ Certified

Project Team includes:
Jordan Dentz, The Levy Partnership
BarlisWedlick Architects
Crawford & Associates Engineering & Land Surveying
Vermont Timber Frames Inc.
Hills Construction Company

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kinderhook, NY is believed to be the first newly built certified passive house church. The new building was initially designed in 2007 with conventional building assemblies. Following BarlisWedlick's Passive House work in the region, it was redesigned to the Passive House standard after the congregations fund raising efforts. The building serves a congregation of about 100 people.

Learn more about the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Jordan Dentz. The Levy Partnership

 

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH at KINDERHOOK

COMMERCIAL - HONORABLE MENTION

PASSIVE LODGE at SILVER LAKE, Sharon CT -- PHIUS+ 2015 Certified

CPHC® James Hartford
Architect: James Hartford, River Architects
Builder: Benjamin Bogie, Built to Last LLC
PHIUS+ Rater & Verifier: Troy Hodas, CPHC®, Spruce Mountain
Owner's Rep and Project Manager: Greg Arifian

The Passive Lodge at Silver Lake is the retrofit of an existing camp dormitory with the addition of new Universal Access bedroom and bathroom suite for a non-profit organization

Learn more about the Passive Lodge

James Hartford CPHC®, River Architects

 

PASSIVE LODGE at SILVER LAKE

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