21 Apr '12, 11am

Promising New Passive House Designs for Bulgaria

Promising New Passive House Designs for Bulgaria

© Passive House Bulgaria . Honorable-mention design by Dragos Fodoreanu, Romania. Compared to their fellow Europeans, Bulgarians are no energy hogs, using about half as much power per capita as the EU average. The challenge is to bring their standard of living up to that of their neighbors, with little to no increase in energy consumption -- a problem passive-house design seems tailor-made for solving. Last week, Passive House Bulgaria announced the winner of its international design competition for an ultra-low energy home in the village of Lozen, near the capital city of Sofia. Such houses can reduce heating and cooling needs by approximately 90 percent through super-insulation, natural ventilation , site planning, and energy recovery. © Passive House Bulgaria . The winning design by Bulgarian architects Hristo Stankushev and Svetoslav Michev. The winning design , by arc...

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