Wanting a low-cost home with a small footprint, Richard Hawkes kept finding more ways to make this now-certified Passivhaus even more sustainable than originally planned. It has a beautiful living meadow on its roof, which insulates the home, several renewable energy sources provide heat and electricity, and all kinds of recycled goodies were mixed in with the building’s lime mortar. A great deal of this project’s thermal massing is derived from 26,000 clay bricks that were dug and formed just four miles from the vaulted home’s site.
Karawitz Architecture designed a home in Bessancourt, France that looks just like a traditional farmhouse but that actually conceals a whole pile of extraordinary green design details. The home has an extraordinary shuttered bamboo skin – one of the world’s most renewable materials – in addition to solar panels on the roof. This is the first house to receive the Passivhaus certification in the Ile de France region.
Mojarrab Stanford Architects built this recently completed Passivhaus as a live/work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The family home is the latest in a series of super progressive programs ongoing near one of the America’s oldest towns, and manages to retain something of a historical character without compromising on sustainability. Check out our exclusive photos of this awe-inspiring photos.