Story at a glance:
- PHIUS recognized the winners on Oct. 14, 2021, at the annual Design Awards ceremony in Tarrytown, New York.
- Entrants were judged on energy performance, design, craftsmanship, use of healthy materials, cost effectiveness, and more.
From colorful exteriors to warm, wooden walls, the results for the 2021 Passive Design Competition are inspiring.
The PHIUS design competition recognized the winners at the annual Design Awards ceremony during PhiusCon 2021 in Tarrytown, New York. Now in its seventh year, this juried competition recognizes exemplary passive building projects of all types and climate zones.
This year’s volunteer judges were Cynthia Suarez Harris, Tim McDonald, Michelle Tinner, John Woelfing, Michael Ingui, Michelle Apigian, and Katrin Klingenberg. The awards ceremony was hosted by Karan Gupta and Michelle Apigian.
The competition awarded winner and honorable mention designations in the following categories: Single-Family, Multifamily, Affordable, Commercial/Institutional, Retrofit Commercial/Institutional, School, and Source Zero. Winners of Best Overall Project and Best Project by a Young Professional (Under 35) were also recognized.
Competition entries were judged on their strength in the following categories: energy performance, design, craftsmanship, use of healthy materials, level of difficulty for the given climate and site, and cost effectiveness of the affordable projects.
This year’s winners are:
Best Overall Project (Tie) & Multifamily Winner
The design team behind Solis set out to use passive house design principles at scale, on a market-rate development, and with straightforward strategies others could emulate.
The design team paired passive house design strategies with innovative details specific to its mid-rise construction type and regional subcontractor expertise. The results are a highly successful PHIUS-certified building that uses 50% less energy than the US multifamily baseline and scores a perfect Energy Star 100, for a mere 5% construction cost premium.
The sophisticated building design features a screened “jewelbox” entry court that creates a welcoming residential lobby and a striking corner indoor/outdoor restaurant space. A dramatic exterior stairway leads to an extensively landscaped roof deck with panoramic views of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier. A powerful mural on the north party wall celebrates the neighborhood’s artistic roots.
CPHC: Dan Luddy
Builder: Cascade Built
Architect: Weber Thompson
QA/QC Rater: Evergreen Certified
Best Overall Project (Tie) & Multifamily Honorable Mention & Affordable Winner
In a busy commercial corridor in east Hamilton, Ontario, the McQuesten Lofts had several major goals: to address the city’s rising housing affordability crisis, to be a step toward reconciliation, to contribute to the streetscape, and to provide a new public library branch for the neighborhood.
The garden between the buildings serves as a natural oasis on a busy urban corridor. There was a particular attention to the landscaping of the building. Using native plants and indigenous garden themes, the gardens serve as a sheltered oasis on a busy corridor. Some of these elements include a “trail marker” tree and a central fire. The development is proud to be the largest PHIUS-certified project in Canada.
CPHC: Greg Leskien, Zon Engineering Inc.
Builder: Schilthuis Construction Inc.
Architect: Invizij Architects Inc.
QA/QC Rater: Stephen Magneron, Homesol Building Solutions
Best Project by a Young Professional (35 or under)
CPHC: Owen O’Connor
Builder: Threshold Builders
Architect: DEMO Architects
QA/QC Rater: Troy Hodas
Owner: Alessandro Ronfini
CPHC: Stephanie Bassler and John Loercher
Builder: North River Design Build LLC
Architect: North River Architecture & Planning, PC
QA/QC Rater: Tony Lisanti
Single-Family Honorable Mention
CPHC: Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction
Builder: Mathes Hulme Builders
Architect: Andrew Webster of studio WEBSTER
QA/QC Rater: Karen Bushey, AIA, CPHC of Efficiency Vermont
Owner: Elisa DiFeo & David Eichelberger
Affordable Honorable Mention
CPHC: Thomas Moore
Builder: C&S Construction & Consulting Group
Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
QA/QC Rater: Michael O’Donnel
Owner: Bronx Pro
CPHC: James Hartford, Karl Hansen, Adriana Rombaldi
Architect: River Architects, PLLC
QA/QC Rater: Tony Lisanti
Owner: Douglas Doetsch and Susan Manning
Commercial/Institutional Honorable Mention
CPHC: Zhongdi Chen/Wight & Company
Builder: Corporate Construction Services, LLC
Architect: Wight & Company
QA/QC Rater: Lindsey Elton/ECO Achievers
Owner: Northbrook Park District
Source Zero Winner
CPHC: James Mustillo
Builder: GO Logic LLC
Architect: GO Logic LLC
QA/QC Rater: Bob Tortorici
Owner: Matt and Jenn Fortin
Source Zero Honorable Mention & Retrofit Commercial/Institutional Winner
CPHC: Tom Bassett-Dilley, CPHC, AIA, NCARB
Builder: TBDA Construction Manager with Park District of Oak Park
Architect: Tom Bassett-Dilley, CPHC, AIA, NCARB
QA/QC Rater: EcoAchievers
Owner: Park District of Oak Park