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6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!
Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 8, 2013 @ 11:05 am In Architecture,Environment,Features,Green Building,Renewable Energy | 2 Comments
Passivhaus designs are among the most energy efficient buildings on earth, and that's why we are so excited to bring you a roundup of 6 of our favorites! Europe has already produced more than 20,000 Passivhaus buildings - drastically reducing the continent's overall carbon footprint. As you might have expected, America is quite far behind, but watch out because we're definitely catching up. Step in to see a handful of the world's coolest low-energy homes.
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.
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.
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URLs in this post:
 Stunning FabLab Passive House at Europe’s Solar Decathlon: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-fablab-passive-house-unveiled-at-europes-solar-decathlon/
 Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Kids: http://inhabitat.com/belgium-fabric-skinned-passivhaus-a-playground-for-neighborhood-kids/
 JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower: http://inhabitat.com/justk-passivhaus-in-germany-is-a-prefab-wooden-tower/
 Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Roof: http://inhabitat.com/awe-inspiring-zero-carbon-crossway-passivhaus-has-a-vaulted-meadow-roof/
 One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design: http://inhabitat.com/frances-first-passivhaus-is-a-wonder-of-green-design/
 Balance Project: A Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico: http://inhabitat.com/photos-balance-project-is-a-modern-passivhaus-for-santa-fe-new-mexico/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/fab-lab-house.jpg
 passive building: http://inhabitat.com/passive-houses-in-germany/
 Advanced Architecture of Catalonia: http://www.iaac.net/
 rainwater collection system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting
 2010 Solar Decathlon in Europe.: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/blog/archives/tag/solar-decathlon-europe-2010
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/Passivhaus-with-Textile-Skin-9.jpg
 BLAF Architecten: http://www.blaf.be/
 energy efficiency: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/JustK-Passive-Haus-Amunt-10.jpg
 Passivhaus design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house
 AMUNT: http://www.amunt.info/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/crossway-passive-house-richard-hawkes-lead.png
 Richard Hawkes: http://www.hawkesarchitecture.co.uk/
 renewable energy sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy
 thermal massing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_mass
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/passive-house-karawitz-architecture.jpg
 Karawitz Architecture: http://www.karawitz.com/
 renewable materials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_resource
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/new-mexico-passivhaus.jpg
 Mojarrab Stanford Architects: http://mo-s-a.com/
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