Karuna Passive House
High performance meets high design.
Designed by Holst Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, the Karuna House is an exemplar of high design in high performance building. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards of Yamhill County, Oregon, the home is the first green building in the world to earn Passive House (PHIUS+), Minergie-P-ECO, and LEED for Homes Platinum certifications. The client, a leading proponent of smart climate policy, pursued the project as a case study to compare the world’s most ambitious green building standards.
To achieve the three certifications and meet its net zero energy goals, the Karuna House combines an advanced building enclosure with optimized solar design to drive energy loads to very low levels. Remaining energy needs are readily provided by a solar photovoltaic array of less than 10 kilowatts. The project’s laser focus on energy performance (guided by its Passive House and Minergie-P components) is complemented by the broad sustainability and human health goals required by LEED and Minergie-ECO.
The home’s clean modernism and restrained palette help prove that high performance structures can rival the beauty of any building.
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