New Orleans, La. - May 12, 2011 - We are pleased to announce that the "Low Cost, Low Energy House" project by sustainable.TO won the latest DesignByMany challenge: "Passive House for New Orleans." The challenge asked professionals and students in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) community to submit a proposal for a Passive House in New Orleans that addresses the need for affordable, sustainable home design.
Low Cost, Low Energy House was chosen by a select group of judges, including: David Basulto, co-founder of Archdaily; Katrin Klingenberg, executive director and lead designer at e-co lab and co-founder the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS); Alejandra Lillo, co-founder of Undisclosable; Corey Saft, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Trey Trahan, FAIA, President and Principal-in-Charge of Trahan Architects.
The "Passive House for New Orleans" challenge coincides with the 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention being held in New Orleans, La., May 12-14. By engaging the AEC community in developing a series of affordable, low-energy, homes for neighborhoods in New Orleans that are still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, the challenge sought to push architects and designers to think of creative ways to address sustainability issues facing the building industry and encourage fresh approaches to ecological, affordable housing design.
For winning the HP-supported challenge, sustainable.TO will take home an HP Designjet T2300 PostScript eMFP, the industry's first web-connected large-format printer with print, scan and copy functionality. This printer lets users print from and scan directly to the web without a computer and preview projects through the large-format industry's only color touchscreen interface, now with direct access to HP ePrint & Share, a free cloud-based solution. Big thanks to our Media Partner ArchDaily. Without them we would not have had the amazing turn out that we did!
We would also like to commend the following projects for earning 2nd - 5th place in the voting by the judges:
As all projects posted to DesignByMany, all of the designers have posted their source files and we would love to see your iterations of their designs. If you have ideas for how you might do things a little different feel free to download the files and make some changes.
HP ePrint & Share is a free web-printing solution that lets users automatically manage content online. It requires an internet connection.