Passive Houses

Students From Texas and Germany Team Up for Solar Decathlon 2015

The result is the NexusHaus, which combines the aesthetics of German design and passive design principles into a home for Austin.

The innovative design NexHaus, created by a team of students from University of Texas in Austin, Texas and Technische Universität München in Germany for the Solar Decathlon, is on display at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, from October 8-11 and 15-18.

Two Green Building Initiatives Go Way Beyond LEED

Passive House principals and Living Building Challenge criterion are pointing the way forward to a more sustainable future.

“Patchwork”, Living City Challenge Entry The sustainability rating systems—Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and Net Zero (a subset of the Challenge)—appear in isolated new construction projects. The promise and perversity of trying to pick out sustainability targets, building by building, within a tightly woven urban fabric can be examined in Philadelphia. Here, the architecture/development dynamo Onion Flats proposes to build…