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Start of the Passive House Design Contest – publics.bg


Type of competition: Open, two-stage, international

Language: English

Location: Village of Lozen, near Sofia, Bulgaria

Eligibility: Open to architects, designers, students, individuals and teams, etc.

First Place 1500 BGN

Download an updated file of the building site with dimensions. Dimension lines display metric and imperial units. ( Please note that the file has been created in metric system and the dimensions with the imperial units are for reference only).sitePHcompetition_with dimensions.zip

Design Challenge:

Passive House Bulgaria challenges the architectural community to design a schematic design proposal for an affordable, low energy, single-family houses, focus the public attention to this new type of energy efficient buildings, and promote the design and construction of Passive Houses in Bulgaria. Designs should demonstrate that the passive houses can be affordable and beautiful.

Design a house in the village of Lozen, located in the suburbs of Sofia that is economical and has extremely low energy consumption. Setbacks for the front and back must be 5 m (16 ft) sides 3 m. (10 ft). The design must have a treated floor area of 120-180 м². (1,292 – 1,938 sq. ft) – It must include a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms (min.), one full bath, one half bath, or two baths. The project teams may choose the orientation of the house. The use of sustainable concepts, including innovative technologies and methods that lead to additional savings of energy and natural recourses, pollution neutralization concepts, use of local and recycled materials are beneficial for your design. The design proposal should strive to achieve the Passive House Standard as follows:

  • Annual heating and cooling requirement ≤ 15 kWh/m2/year
  • Primary energy ≤ 120 kWh/m2/year
  • Airtight building shell ≤ 0.6 ACH @ 50 pascal pressure, (well-detailed construction)
  • Thermal bridge free construction ≤ 0.01 W/mK

Provided Materials (they can be requested by completing the online registration form):

  • AutoCAD file with the building site with setbacks, located in the village of Lozen, near Sofia.
    The Cad file is not associated with any particular site. It is created to satisfy the competition program only. The North arrow has not been located on the CAD file. The contestants are allowed to choose the orientation of the plot.
  • PHPP climate data
  • Passive House Metrics sheet – Excel file

Submission requirements:

  • Completed online registration form
  • Design submittals: Entries must be taken through completion of schematic design.
  • A narrative in English of between 1000 and 1250 words describing the idea and the concept of the design.
  • Plans, building section, and elevations (2D)
  • Typical vertical section/detail showing the building materials
  • 3D models
  • 2 Presentation Boards, A1 poster size 300 dpi (594х841мм) / (24”x36”)
  • – Building Metric sheet – Excel file. PHPP calculations are not required with the submission.
  • Diagrams explaining the design approach (optional)
  • Video, explaining the design approach (optional)

The total number of images cannot exceed 15. The max sizefile for upload 10MB, quality standard from 150 to 300 dpi.
The files should be sent via email to email address: competition@passivehousebg.com

First Stage – Selection of the top 10 projects finalists, chosen as follows:

  • Top three projects selected by the public vote
  • Top seven projects, selected by the teams, participating in the competition. The project teams are required to vote for one project, excluding their own. The vote needs to be submitted via email no later than April 6th, 2012. If any of the individual participants and teams fail to email their choice for favorite project, they will not continue in the next stage of the competition.
    The seven projects with the most votes will be included in the top ten finalists.

Second Stage – Selection of first place and four honorable mentions.

Time table:

  • Official start of the design competition and the start of registration for contestants –January 16, 2012
  • Registration deadline is open to competition deadline March 16, 2012
  • Deadline for project submission – March 16, 2012
  • Deadline for public vote, and vote from the teams
  • participating in the contest to determine the ten finalists – from March 19, 2012 till April 6, 2012
  • Announcing the ten projects (finalists) – April 9, 2012
  • Official announcement of the decision of the jury: Project Winner – April 16, 2012

Judging Criteria

The top ten projects / finalists will be judged on a point system (from 1 to 10 points) per judge on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of Design
  2. Originality of Thinking
  3. Application of the Passive House Design Standard
  4. Calculations, Material Choices and Details (from Excel sheet)
  5. Sustainable Concepts – possible ideas relating to use of innovative technology and methods that lead to additional savings of energy and natural recourses, pollution neutralization concepts, use of local, and recycled materials. The judges should review the projects on the competition website and should submit their evaluations and brief comments for the strong and weak points of each of the ten projects by April 14, 2012

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