Stylish Swiss Home Wins 2010 Passivhaus Award
An incredibly efficient three apartment building on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland has won the 2010 Passivhaus award. This complex won the Passivhaus architecture award for its unique and energy efficient architectural design. The house, designed by Peter Schurch, has over 50% of its facade covered in windows and achieves a 3kWr per sq meter of energy consumption a year. Other Passivhaus features include R-52 walls, a solar-electric green roof, a pellet boiler for heating the floors and hot water, and wooden shades on the outside of the porch. All of these green implementations, plus its low cost, made it the inevitable choice for the 2010 Passivhaus award.
Besides achieving the Passivhaus award, this building is also Minergie certified, a certification for low-energy that is much more strict than the American certification, LEED.