The Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, has announced the Passive House Award 2020 to reward pioneering projects in the field of energy efficient construction. A special focus of the competition will be on integrated renewable energy supply.
This past summer, the Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island opened the world’s largest building to meet Passive House criteria. Nicknamed ‘The House’, the 26-story residential tower with 350 units is projected to save 882 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.
Whitehall, a new multi-family building owned by Mission First Housing Group, has been built to Passive House standards in Spring City, Pennsylvania. The structure was constructed using a prefabricated panelized wall system, which facilitated cost-effectiveness and simplicity of installation.
The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.