H&H and Holst Architecture to present Karuna case study and tour this month

High performance meets high design at Karuna House, the first building to achieve three of the world’s most demanding energy efficiency certifications:  LEED for Homes Platinum, Minergie-P-ECO, and Passive House.

Join Hammer & Hand and Holst Architecture for a Friday, July 25 class and Saturday, July 26 project tour, presented by AIA Portland, that dispel the myth that high performance building and high design don’t mix. Karuna House’s advanced building science and Passive House construction detailing resulted in both award-winning design and revolutionary energy performance. The home earned AIA Portland’s 2030 Design Award last year and has reached Net Positive energy use: onsite solar panels power the home and charge the owner’s Tesla.

Friday’s class will begin with a primer on the Passive House approach to super-efficient building, presented by Sam Hagerman, owner of H&H. Holst Architecture principal Jeffrey Stuhr and associate Cory Hawbecker will then share the design of Karuna House, its multiple green building certifications, and how the home’s high performance details dovetailed with the project’s programmatic and aesthetic goals.

Saturday’s tour will build on this class material and offer the rare opportunity to view the Karuna House, guided by the project team. Sam, Jeffrey, Cory, and H&H project supervisor Scott Gunter will review the project onsite, diving deep into inspirations, assemblies, and lessons learned.

Register for one or both of these events here.

We hope to see you there!

– Zack

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