Residential Architecture

From Passivhaus to Our Haus?

Is the Passiv Haus movement really accessible to the mainstream? The following projects give us all hope the answer is yes.

Why the funny title?  Well, I went to a conference a few weeks ago in Burlington, Vermont and came away wondering if the Passiv Haus movement is really accessible to the mainstream. The phrase is a play on words from the presentation, “From Bauhaus to Passivhaus”, given by Ken Levenson during the Better Building by Design Conference, hosted by Efficiency Vermont….

Affordable Housing

Erik Van Mehlman, based in Durham, North Carolina, won a design competition to expand the Wake County chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s portfolio of homes. Later, he started Studio B Architecture, a firm specializing in affordable housing.

The Kids Are Alright in Green Housing Competition

When the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Home Competition opened last summer in Roanoke, Virginia, it became an instant inspiration for architecture students and educators from around the world. Prompted by the competition’s call for affordable, sustainable urban housing, as well as the fact that the winning designs would be built in the city’s neighborhoods, dozens of universities initiated green-building studios to prepare…