Passive House Is Now a Platform for More

Explore three projects that demonstrate a shift in thinking about the sustainability standard from a goal to a means.

For years the German sustainability standard had a singular focus on energy efficiency. But today architects around the world are using Passive House as a jumping-off point to make an even bigger impact, transforming the potential for sustainable living.

With energy efficiency as a stepping-stone rather than the prize, firms are reaching for much more ambitious goals with multiple benefits in historic preservation, affordable housing, public health, and local economic growth.

The three projects below—a southern bungalow that’s hyper energy efficient, a multifamily community that’s sustainable and affordable, and a high-performance island residence that celebrates local culture—represent this Passive House renaissance.


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