Passive Projects Design Competition Winners

6th Annual PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

PHIUS awarded the finalists of the 2020 Passive Projects Design Competition during the annual Design Awards ceremony on Friday, October 30, 2020, capping a week of the PHIUS 2020 Passive House Hootenannies. Now in its sixth year, this juried competition recognizes exemplary passive building projects of all types and climate zones.

We extend special thanks to this year’s panel of volunteer judges: Tessa Bradford (Smith), Arathi Gowda, Shannen Martin, Graham Irwin, and Katrin Klingenberg.

The competition awards Winner and Honorable Mention designations in the categories of Single Family, Multifamily, Affordable, Commercial, School, 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 2020 Finalists were awarded as follows:

Best Overall Project Winner:

Finch Cambridge

CPHC: Ian Johnson, Linnean Solutions

Builder :NEI General Contracting

Architect: ICON Architecture

QA/QC Rater: New Ecology/JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions

Owner: Homeowners Rehab, Inc. (HRI)

Designed to Enterprise Green criteria and the first affordable Passive House building in Massachusetts, Finch Cambridge is a new, 98-unit community that prioritizes holistic sustainable principals while staying laser-focused on energy and resilience. Inspired in form and materiality by the urban wildland of Fresh Pond Reservoir across the street, the building aims to address two of today’s toughest problems: the climate crisis and the urgent need for affordable housing.

The generous entry lobby provides comfortable spaces to wait, meet, and socialize while connecting to transit, programming, and building energy data that is communicated through a digital monitor. A welcoming open stair and inspiring signage encourage Active Design, while thoughtful use of color and contrast differentiate each floor and improve navigation and wayfinding. Meandering paths connect to various landscaped areas, from the more public “front porch” to a modest dog park and nestled sculptural play feature for secure, onsite recreation.

The building is elevated to protect against 2070 storm surges, which also provides a secure place for covered bike storage and carefully concealed automobile parking. A soaring, multipurpose community room and adjacent roof deck will be used for social programming and services, as well as passive survivability. Nearby laundry, study nooks and a resident lounge allow families to balance domestic and other needs while remaining proximate.

The whole-building ventilation system improves health and reduces allergens, with continuous filtered fresh air to each unit and constant exhaust of stale air. With airtight and thermal continuity, right-sized systems and high-efficiency lighting and appliances, the Site Energy Use Intensity (Site EUI) for the building, as projected by the final energy model, is 23.15 kBTU/SF/YR, a 70% reduction as compared to the national average for multi-family housing.

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Best Project by at Young Professional Under 35 Winner:

Finch Cambridge

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CPHC: Ian Johnson, Linnean Solutions

Builder: NEI General Contracting

Architect: ICON Architecture

QA/QC Rater: New Ecology/JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions

Owner: Homeowners Rehab, Inc. (HRI)

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Best Project by at Young Professional Under 35 Honorable Mention:

Meadows Haus

 

CPHC: Chris Price, KLIMA Architecture

Builder: T&T Mountain Builders

Architect: Chris Price, KLIMA Architecture

QA/QC Rater: Dave Brach

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SINGLE FAMILY – WINNER

Ballard Passive House

CPHC:Taylor Callaway, AIA

Builder:First Lamp Architects – Kevin Witt, Certified Builder

Architect:First Lamp Architects – Taylor Callaway AIA, CPHC

QA/QC Rater:Tom Balderston, Balderson Associates

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SINGLE FAMILY – Honorable Mention

South Jersey Passive House

CPHC:Ilka Cassidy

Builder:Hugh Lofting Timber Framing and High Performance Building

Architect:C2 Architecture

QA/QC Rater:David Berg

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MULTIFAMILY – WINNER

Pax Futura

CPHC: Joe Giampietro + Greta Tjeltveit, Evergreen Consulting

Builder: Sloan Ritchie, Cascade Built

Architect: Brandon Nicholson, NK Architects, Brittany Porter, NK Architects

QA/QC Rater: Joe Giampietro + Greta Tjeltveit, Evergreen Consulting

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MULTIFAMILY – Honorable Mention

542 W 153rd Street

CPHC:Henry Gifford

Builder:Inspiron Construction

Architect:Chris Benedict, R.A.

QA/QC Rater:Terry Brennan

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AFFORDABLE – WINNER

Finch Cambridge

CPHC: Ian Johnson, Linnean Solutions

Builder: NEI General Contracting

Architect: ICON Architecture

QA/QC Rater: New Ecology/JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions

Owner: Homeowners Rehab, Inc. (HRI)

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AFFORDABLE – Honorable Mention

Beach Green Dunes II

CPHC:Thomas Moore, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Builder:L+M Builders Group

Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

QA/QC Rater:Mike O’Donnell, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

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COMMERCIAL – WINNER

Passive House Technical and Experience Center

(Siemens Center)

CPHC:Yes, PHI in Darmstadt, Germany

Builder:Laixi Construction General Contracting Company

Architect: RoA Rongen TRIBUS VALLENTIN

QA/QC Rater: None

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COMMERCIAL – Honorable Mention

Tantrum Commercial

CPHC:STARK Architecture Ltd.

Builder:Tree

Architect:STARK Architecture Ltd.

QA/QC Rater:Tad Everhart (Certiphiers)

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SCHOOL – WINNER

Wheaton College Pine Hall

CPHC:Thornton Tomasetti, SGA

Builder: Commodore Builders

Architect: SGA

QA/QC Rater: Mike Browne

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SCHOOL – Honorable Mention

Secondary School Baesweiler

CPHC:Yes, PHI in Darmstadt, Germany

Builder:Many different companies are involved

Architect:Rongen Architekten

QA/QC Rater:Sibylle Roßmann

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SOURCE ZERO – WINNER

Tracy Community Housing

CPHC:EcoHouses of Vermont

Builder:Estes & Gallup

Architect:Maclay Architects

QA/QC Rater:VEIC

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SOURCE ZERO – Honorable Mention

Wildwood Passive House

CPHC:Lisa White

Builder:Evolutionary Home Builders

Architect:Evolutionary Design Build

QA/QC Rater:Eco Achievers

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