New Orleans Passive House Idea Wins Honors

DesignByMany issued a challenge to professionals and students in the architectural, engineering and construction community: design a Passive House for New Orleans that addresses the need for affordable, sustainable home design.

Sustainable.TO rose to the challenge with their Low Cost, Low Energy House, which combines the energy efficient rigors of the Passive House standard with a contemporary re-imagining of the shotgun home style typical to the Big Easy.

Passive House NoLa

image via DesignByMany

The project recently took top honors in the competition, sponsored in part by HP, and took home an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP, the industry’s first web-connected large-format printer with print, scan and copy functionality (valued at $10,000–the envy, no doubt, of architects everywhere).

The home features a simple shape that integrates both passive and active environmental systems with airtight, thermal-bridge free construction. This makes the home both cost-effective and affordable, via the wonders of  higher-quality prefabrication (ie., greenfab).

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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