This stunning FabLab House is a solar panel-covered passive building designed by a team from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Built on three legs, it has a pile of awesome green features, including natural ventilation, smart energy and temperature-monitoring systems, a garden, and a rainwater collection system. We were lucky enough to see this gorgeous project in person when it competed at the 2010 Solar Decathlon in Europe.
This unique Passivhaus in Brussels, Belgium has a chalkboard skin which gives it tremendous curbside appeal. BLAF Architecten expertly strikes a balance between creating a Passivhaus design that slightly exceeds requirements while still creating an environment that is inviting to children who are eager for play. This project’s extraordinary energy efficiency combined with a 3.7 kW solar array puts it high up on our list of most sustainable homes.
Employing the principles of Passivhaus design, the JustK house by Deutschland-based AMUNT makes use of its local climate, superior insulation, and passive design to create an uber energy efficient prefabricated home. Other challenges that the designer met along the way included strict building codes and a small plot and budget. Even so, they persevered, and we are completely enamored with this beautiful project.