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Theresa Passive House Wins 2024 AIA Housing Award

Our team here at Forge Craft Architecture + Design are incredibly proud to share that one of our recent healthy homes projects, Theresa Passive House, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a prestigious 2024 Housing Award! This award celebrates the best in home and housing design nationally and showcases how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together. 

A collaboration with Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects and Studio Ferme in Austin’s historic Clarksville neighborhood, Theresa Passive House marries the historic preservation of a 1914 Craftsman bungalow with modern efficiency, stunning design, and climate resilience. 

The project prioritizes sustainability and wellness by meeting stringent goals set by the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) in areas like energy efficiency, air quality, and temperature control. Taking it one step further: Theresa Passive House functions as its own energy hub, utilizing a system that stores cool energy to reduce reliance on the grid. During power outages, the house generates electricity through a combination of photovoltaic panels and battery backup, providing self-sufficiency and ensuring peace of mind, even during extreme and unpredictable weather events.  

“Even though this is a small house with a modest footprint, the team did an incredible job. Its efficiency features and sustainability applications are stellar, and the thoughtfulness to include educating the public on passive house strategies is a wonderful attempt at community integration.” — Jury Comment 

Theresa Passive House was completed in 2020 as a pilot project for the PHIUS 2018+ Source Zero standard and is among the first Passive House projects completed in a hot, humid climate. It has received the highest rating by Austin Energy Green Building to date and consumes 75% less energy than a typical new home. 

Winning this AIA Housing Award is a tremendous honor, and it validates the collaborative spirit and innovative design that went into this project as well as our commitment to constantly pushing the bounds of performance.  We’re so grateful to the AIA for this recognition, and we look forward to continuing to design homes that aren’t just beautiful and functional, but contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.  

Learn more about Theresa Passive House. 

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