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DELTA®-VENT SA receives Passive House Institute certification

Passive House buildings provide optimal thermal comfort with minimal energy costs. To achieve this level of energy efficiency, the quality of the components used in this type of construction must meet stringent requirements. Dörken Systems Inc. is pleased to announce DELTA®-VENT SA, a high-performance, three-layer air- and water-resistive barrier, has received Passive House component certification from the Passive House Institute (PHI).

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Green Hammer Design Build and Rose Villa announce first Zero Energy senior living multi-family project in Portland

The first of its kind in the Portland senior living marketplace, The Oaks Zero Energy Neighborhood at Rose Villa is designed so that each residence meets its own energy needs through a combination of ultra-energy-efficient design and on-site renewable energy generation.The Oaks is a neighborhood within Rose Villa, a cottage community for senior living set on 22 acres along the Willamette River, designed and built by the Portland-based design build firm Green Hammer.

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Seattle welcomes its first Passive House apartments, Pax Futura

Pax Futura, Seattle’s first certified Passive House apartments, was designed by NK Architects and developed by a sustainable builder, Cascade Built. Pax Futura achieves the rigorous standards of Passive House by consuming up to 80% less energy to heat and cool the units than standard buildings, while using durable materials and construction techniques.

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Bolueta in Bilbao, Spain, is now the tallest Passive House building in the world

The developers and architects had set very high goals. With the Bolueta building they wanted to set a new Passive House record and at the same time ensure the quality of the building through certification. The project participants have successfully achieved both objectives. With a height of 88 metres, Bolueta in the Spanish city of Bilbao is now the tallest Passive House building in the world.

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Largest Passive House Office Building in US to be Built in Chicago

Mark Goodman & Associates, Inc., has unveiled plans for 310 N. Sangamon, the largest office building in the U.S. to achieve Passive House certification. Located in Chicago around the corner from Google’s new Midwest headquarters, the 12-story building will offer 268,000 square feet of office space, and 7,800 square feet of ground-floor retail.

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Rethinking details with Passive House

University of Northern British Columbia’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory will soon be the first certified Passive House higher education building in Canada – a particularly impressive feat due to the cold climate in Prince George. The facility features a wood structure and has been conceived as a modest building inspired by passive design principles and wood innovation.

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Michael Frisina of Ashley McGraw Architects Receives Passive House Consultant Certification

Ashley McGraw Architects announces Michael Frisina, Associate AIA, LEED AP, CPHC has been named a Certified Passive House Consultant by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). Frisina said, “Passive House principles—a tight building envelope, super-efficient insulation, and reduced mechanical loads—are applicable to all building types. Our designs for schools, housing, and community projects incorporate these and other strategies, all with the goal of using 90% less energy than equivalent, conventionally-designed buildings.”

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Passive Housing

As a market leader in housing design for more than 20 years, Ankrom Moisan knows how to create vibrant communities where people thrive. We draw on our deep experience creating many types of projects—not just other residential buildings, but also hospitality, healthcare, and community centers. Through careful integration of Passive House strategies, we are able to create durable and affordable communities that mitigate outdoor noise, have superior indoor air quality and balanced thermal comfort, and reduce energy bills by up to 90%. Through this fusion of knowledge, we are able to create places that improve human health, reduce energy consumption, and empower communities.

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“Tiny Solar House” transitions from concept to permanent home

Meadowlark Design + Build has been contracted to restore the Michigan Solar House. The Michigan Solar House is an innovative 660-square foot, solar-powered home collaboratively designed and built by an interdisciplinary team of architecture students and faculty from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at The University of Michigan for the 2005 Solar Decathlon, in Washington, DC.

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