Karuna House wins a First Place Award at first-ever PHIUS Passive Projects Competition

Sam Hagerman Accepts Award from PHIUS

Sam Hagerman accepts award from Tom Bassett-Dilley. Photo courtesy of PHIUS.

At a ceremony at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency last week, Hammer & Hand’s Sam Hagerman accepted the First Place Award in the Single Family category of the inaugural PHIUS Passive Projects Competition on behalf of Karuna House and its project team: Holst Architecture (architect), Hammer & Hand (builder), Dylan Lamar (CPHC), and Earth Advantage (PHIUS+ Rater).

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) launched the competition this year to recognize teams and projects that exemplify best passive building practices and accelerate adoption of passive building in the North American marketplace. More here.

“As a builder of passive projects, we are so indebted to the leadership and guidance of PHIUS,” Hagerman said following the ceremony. “So it’s a real honor to receive this recognition today. Credit goes to the project team for making the ambitious goals of Karuna House a reality.”

Karuna House was the first project in the world to earn the triple crown of Passive House (PHIUS+), LEED (LEED for Homes Platinum), and Minergie (Minergie-P-ECO) certification. It also earned US DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and Earth Advantage Platinum certification.

The project has garnered considerable critical acclaim as well, including:

  • 2014 Beyond Green Award from the National Institute of Building Sciences
  • 2014 Green Home of the Year – “Best Building Science,” from Green Builder Magazine
  • 2013 Design Award, 2030 Challenge, Excellence in Residential Net Zero, from American Institute of Architects Portland.

Visit our Karuna House project page for more information about the project.

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