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October 5, 2015

Oregon home wins top Passive House award

Photos by Jeremy Bittermann Photography [enlarge]

The net positive energy Karuna House in Newberg, Oregon, won first place in the single-family category of the inaugural Passive Projects Competition of the Passive House Institute US.

The 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom/three-bathroom house was designed by Holst Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand. It was completed in 2013.

The team included Dylan Lamar, a Passive House consultant, and Earth Advantage, which verified the Passive House performance.

Net positive energy means the house's solar panels generate more energy than the house consumes over the course of each year.

Karuna House has also won awards from the National Institute of Building Sciences, Green Builder Magazine and the American Institute of Architects Portland.

The Passive House Institute US oversees Passive House certification in North America. It launched the competition to recognize teams and projects that exemplify best passive building practices and to accelerate adoption of passive building in the North American marketplace.

For all the winners, go to http://alturl.com/m8gt6.

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