Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans

Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. Architecture 2030

The research from Architecture 2030 and the EIA has shown both the building industry and general public some staggering numbers; building operations for residential, commercial and industrial structures use 77% of ALL the electricity produced in the USA, not to mention 49% of energy consumption.

Just some additional numbers to take into consideration: transportation accounted for 33.5% of CO2 emissions and the industry field within the USA 19.6%.  Even more of a concern is the building sector’s 46.9% reading.

Architecture 2030 has changed the way we look at buildings. Recognizing that the building sector is BOTH the problem and the solution Design By Many has media partnered with ArchDaily to issue the following Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans, sponsored by HP.

Adhering to the Passive House Standard, the challenge is focusing on a single-family housing design solution for communities in New Orleans. Entries must provide a well balanced concept of sustainability including minimal impact on the local environment, affordable to heat and cool, and affordable to build and purchase.

Open to both students and professionals, Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans is combining a lot of key components: The Passive House Standard, 2030 Challenge which has influenced the Better Buildings Initiative issued by President Obama, and the 2011 AIA Convention New Orleans, to name a few.

Prizes include an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP (nearly $10,000 value), a feature on DesignReform on the first day of the AIA National Convention in New Orleans (May 12th), AND the winner will also receive a feature on ArchDaily.

We are looking forward to seeing your design solutions!

Context Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, LA Typical lot in the Lower Ninth Ward. Please see the provided site model

Objectives Design a low-cost, extremely low-energy home for New Orleans Homes should meet post-Katrina building codes, guidelines and best practices Homes should be shotgun typology and strive to create cohesive neighborhoods Design should strive to achieve Passive House Standard: Airtight building shell ≤ 0.6 ACH @ 50 pascal pressure (simple, well-detailed construction) Annual heat requirement ≤ 15 kWh/m2/year (4.75 kBtu/sf/yr) Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh/m2/year (38.1 kBtu/sf/yr) Designs should demonstrate that affordable and sustainable homes can also be beautiful

Provided Materials Key Passive House metrics spreadsheet Building site. Orientation may be changed (.dwg, .3dw, .rvt)

Precedent & Sources Saft Residence Duplex House for Make It Right / GRAFT Brad Pitt’s Make It Right presents duplex homes for NOLA Hotlinks, duplex house for Make It Right / Atelier Hitoshi Abe Alligator / buildingstudio

Submission Post design model and documentation (3d and/or 2d) Post Key Passive House metrics spreadsheet Post images Post diagrams explaining approach (optional) Post video explaining approach (optional)

DesignByMany Community – The top 10 entries based on user votes will be seen by the judges. User votes will be counted for a week after the submission deadline.

Deadline Submission: Sunday May 1st at 11:59 PM User Voting: Sunday May 8th at 11:59 PM

Prizes *The winner of this HP-sponsored challenge will take home an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP, the world’s first web-connected printer with scan, print and copy functionality. A nearly $10,000 value, the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP helps simplify the printing process while letting teams print on the go and share files more easily than ever before. *The winner of this challenge will be featured on DesignReform on the first day of the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, May 12th *The winner will also receive a feature on ArchDaily

Further resources and information can be found here.

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Cite: Kelly Minner. "Challenge: Design a Passive House for New Orleans" 06 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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