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2019 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

PHIUS certified project database listing PHIUS awarded the finalists of the 2018 Passive Projects Competition during the annual Design Awards ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2019 at the 14th Annual North American Passive House Conference. Back by popular demand, this juried competition recognizes exemplary fully-certified passive building projects of all types and climate zones.

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

The competition awards Winner and Honorable Mention designations in the categories of Single Family, Multifamily, Affordable, Commercial, and Source Zero 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 2019 Finalists were awarded as follows:

 

 

BEST OVERALL PROJECT - WINNER

TIERRA LINDA | Chicago, IL

CPHC®: Lisa White
Builder: Linn-Mathes Construction
Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
QA/QC Rater: Lindsey Elton / EcoAchievers
Designer: RTM Associates

Tierra Linda is a healthy-living and wellness-driven scattered-site housing project that provides 45 affordable apartments in the Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods. This project contains the first multi-family Passive House residence constructed in Chicago, IL. Located along the 606 Trail, Tierra Linda represents LUCHA’s commitment to green and sustainable housing, transforming communities through community development, and increasing neighborhood access to people who might otherwise be displaced from Chicago’s increasingly exclusive housing market.

Utilizing an integrative design approach allowed LBBA to explore and test the best technologies and components for building Passive House to code in the urban core of Chicago. Design development included initial meetings between the developer and Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) to discuss feasibility, followed by meetings with the design team, then garnering approval from City of Chicago Department of Buildings and Department of Housing as well as the Mayor’s office through administrative reliefs for several critical HVAC components and configuration that were not recognized by code at the time. The success of Tierra Linda opened the door for other affordable housing and for-profit developers to incorporate Passive House standards. Furthermore, in addition to the Passive House 6-flat, the development also includes a sister building designed to comply with code-minimum Energy Star requirements which will allow the team compare energy usage between the two.

Tierra Linda is LUCHA’s first sustainability-oriented development, bridging affordable housing with green technology for low-income residents of the City of Chicago. The project kick-off eco-charrette brought members of the design team together with the maintenance staff, tenants, and neighbors of the future development and introduced the benefits of green housing and collaboratively developed a vision and strategies for the project.

Tierra Linda is an example of an exceptional sustainable building project that has contributed significantly to the community in which it is located and as a broader influence on affordable housing. To have built the first Passive House multifamily building in Chicago that is affordable housing in a low-income community is a significant achievement and raises the bar for future housing developments.

Learn more about Tierra Linda

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BEST PROJECT BY A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL UNDER 35

PH01:BRK | Brookings, SD

CPHC®: Robert Arlt
Builder: Brookings Built Green
Architect: DoArch, Charles MacBride, Robert Arlt
QA/QC Rater: David Holtzclaw

South Dakota State University’s Department of Architecture (DoArch) received a housing grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)for faculty to lead graduate students in the design of a single family “case study” home capable of meeting the high performance Passive House (PHIUS) standard and being net-zero energy ready. In a state that will not adopt energy codes, the design responds to showcase and demonstrate sustainable development to the region’s public, contractors, and building officials through site selection, systems, and assemblies.

A narrow, vacant infill site was chosen to serve as a catalyst for revitalization and walkability within an established neighborhood as it’s near the SDSU campus and Main Street. The design defers to the traditional front porch facing the sidewalk with a detached garage behind. Splitting the linear program configuration allows an exterior courtyard to be formed between house and garage. A front porch and entry are defined by a cantilever articulated by a notch along the south face and further emphasized with a material change from dark fiber-cement lap siding to clear finished, FSC cedar.

The home employs universal design, no VOC finishes and sustainably harvested local woods including a custom CLT and basswood railing. With the addition of a 4kW PV array, the residence is the first in the region to sell energy back to the grid and is nearly net zero. The house was recently sold to its first owners generating funding for a second passive house situated next door.

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SINGLE FAMILY - WINNER

ACORN GLADE | Downers Grove, IL

CPHC®: Tom Bassett-Dilley
Builder: Evolutionary Home Builders
Architect: Tom Bassett-Dilley Architects
QA/QC Rater: Emily Rhea

New single-family residence. TBDA was fortunate to work with inspired owners seeking a beautiful but modest low-energy house.

After construction completion but before certification completion, the owners installed a solar PV array, making the project eligible for Source Zero certification, a first for Illinois and for TBDA.

This 1,800s.f. Passive House is designed to harmonize with its peaceful, wooded site. The interior is organized around a large south opening to a courtyard-like patio space; as a backdrop to this opening is a wall featuring walnut from trees harvested on site. The home’s two bathrooms borrow light through this wall via frosted glass panels. As a Passive House, it uses about a tenth the heating energy of a built- to-code home, and about 65% less energy overall. As a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, it was designed so that the solar electric array, installed in 2018, produces as much energy as the home uses, including charging the owners’ electric car. Indoor air quality and occupant health are primary objectives as well, so no-added-formaldehyde cabinetry and panel materials, no-VOC, non-toxic paints (AFM Safecoat and ECOS), and Greenguard certified sealants, caulks, and adhesives were used along with a demand-controlled ventilation system (CERV) to provide superior air quality. Two ductless Mitsubishi minisplit heat pumps (one upstairs, one down) provide heating, cooling, and dehumidification. As with all our projects, here we sought the harmony of performance and aesthetics, rooted in place.

Learn more about Acorn Glade

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SINGLE FAMILY - HONORABLE MENTION

ITALIAN MARKET PASSIVE HOUSE | Philadelphia, PA

CPHC®: Laura Blau
Builder: Hanson General Contracting
Architect: BluPath Design, Inc
QA/QC Rater: David Berg
Designer: Mark Ulrick Engineers

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MULTIFAMILY - WINNER

TIERRA LINDA | Chicago, IL

CPHC®: Lisa White
Builder: Linn-Mathes Construction
Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
QA/QC Rater: Lindsey Elton / EcoAchievers
Designer: RTM Associates

Learn more about Tierra Linda

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MULTIFAMILY - HONORABLE MENTION

PARK AVENUE GREEN | Bronx, NY

CPHC®: Manalee Nabar
Builder: Monadnock Construction Inc.
Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP
QA/QC Rater: Tyler Davis
Designer: Rodkin Cardinale, P.C.

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AFFORDABLE - WINNER

HABITAT 20K PASSIVE HOUSE | Opelika, AL

CPHC®: David Bitter (Solera Studios)
Builder: Auburn University 20K Initiative/ Real Life builders, LLC (GC of Record)
Architect: Auburn University 20K Initiative and Solera Studios
QA/QC Rater: Bruce Kitchell
Designer: Auburn University 20K Initiative, Solera Studios, and Mitsubishi

The Habitat 20K Passive House, a modest 819 SF 2-bedroom wood framed structure, is Alabama's first Certified Passive House. The building was designed for Ms. Michelle Robinson/Auburn Opelika Habitat for Humanity by a design team led by Auburn University Habitat/20K Passive House Studio and features the quality, comfort and energy efficiency characteristic of a Passive House and enhanced safety and security due to its FORTIFIED Gold status while be affordably built by University students.

Learn more about Habitat 20K Passive House

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AFFORDABLE - HONORABLE MENTION

TIERRA LINDA | Chicago, IL

CPHC®: Lisa White
Builder: Linn-Mathes Construction
Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
QA/QC Rater: Lindsey Elton / EcoAchievers
Designer: RTM Associates

Learn more about Tierra Linda

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COMMERCIAL - WINNER

PRAIRIE ACTIVITY & RECREATION CENTER (PARC) | Plainfield, IL

CPHC®: Lisa White
Builder: Wight & Company
Architect: Wight & Company
QA/QC Rater: Lindsey Elton / EcoAchievers
Designer: Wight & Company

Project Description: The Prairie Activity Recreation Center (PARC) is a newly constructed, two-story precast concrete building that houses a recreation center with gymnasium, fitness center and fitness studio, and elevated walking track, in addition to a four-classroom preschool. The building in Plainfield, Illinois is the park district’s flagship facility for recreation programming. Early in the design process, the park district indicated their interest in pursuing a grant to be awarded for becoming a net zero energy building. The grant required that the building achieve an underlying certification testifying to its ability to achieve its goal of net zero energy. Passive House certification was the path to compliance chosen to meet the grant requirements.

PARC has been designed as a net zero energy building where all of the energy used on an annual basis is generated by a 213 kW array located on the roof. Several energy efficiency strategies employed included: orienting the building along an east/west axis to limit solar heat gain, reducing the percentage of windows to just 14%, providing a highly insulated envelope (rooftops R-54 and R-60 and walls R-34 and R-40), installing an LED lighting system with daylight controls and occupancy sensors, and choosing high efficiency mechanical system (combination rooftop RTUs in the high volume spaces and variable refrigerant flow [VRF] with dedicated outside air in the lower volume spaces. In addition, an energy recovery ventilator [ERV] further boosts efficiency.).

PARC has received two certifications from Passive House US. The certifications are Passive House+ and Source Zero.

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COMMERCIAL - HONORABLE MENTION

STAR GARMENT INNOVATION CENTER | Katunayake, Sri Lanka

Builder: Tritech Engineers (Pvt) Ltd 
Architect: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture (Brooklyn) & Vinod Jayasinghe Associates (Pvt) Ltd. (Sri Lanka) MEP Designer: CDC
Verifier: Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Designer: CDC Consultants K2 Consultants (PVT) LTD CPHD: Jordan Parnass (JPDA) Energy Consultant & PH

Learn more about Star Garment Innovation Center

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SOURCE ZERO - WINNER

ACORN GLADE | Downers Grove, IL

CPHC®: Tom Bassett-Dilley
Builder: Evolutionary Home Builders
Architect: Tom Bassett-Dilley Architects
QA/QC Rater: Emily Rhea

Learn more about Acorn Glade

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SOURCE ZERO - HONORABLE MENTION

ROCKQUIST MINOR | Garrison, NY

CPHC®: Juhee Lee-Hartford, Adriana Rombaldi
Builder: Heitmann Builders
Architect: River Architects
QA/QC Rater: Tony Lisanti
Mechanical Systems Designer: Tony Lisanti

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