SOLAR DECATHLON 2007

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial collegiate competition presented by the U.S. Department of Energy in which student teams design, build, and operate innovative solar-powered homes to a high standard of efficiency and comfort. Germany first joined the competition in 2007 in an effort initiated and led by Barbara Gehrung, representing Technische Universität Darmstadt. Competing against teams from the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, and Spain, Team Germany was named Overall Champion for their certified Passive House design.

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WEST VIRGINIA NET-ZERO HOME

Located in an intentional farming community in rural West Virginia, the design of the Broomgrass Home was informed by the client’s desire for a contemporary, sustainable, modular-built residence that incorporated Passive House principles, renewable energy systems, and methods of natural resource conservation.

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BATESVILLE NET-ZERO RESIDENCE

The architecture of the Batesville residence was inspired by the clients’ love for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses, and their wish for a contemporary design that integrated energy-efficiency and sustainable materials with warmth, sensually interesting textures, variety in spacial experiences and that provided great indoor-outdoor connections and views to the surrounding Virginia Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains.

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FOAL HOUSE + STUDIO

A two-part renovation project that transformed a leaky and dark 1980s ranch house into a living space that is light, airy, and energy efficient. Material finishes and details balance minimalism, economy, and sustainability to establish a healthy, warm, and serene interior. Designed to meet Passive House certification criteria, the envelope and slab are optimized to minimize air infiltration, enhance thermal performance, and eliminate thermal bridging while allowing water vapor diffusion. 

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VERDIGRIS

Located in one of the few original 1950s exposed concrete facades on Charlottesville's historic walking mall, the verdigris project was organized around the concept of high fashion as art. Fully embracing this theme, the design includes framing interior spaces to display clothing and accessories and lighting intended to evoke the mood of an art gallery. 

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THE TREE-HOUSE

Designed with health and energy efficiency in mind, the Treehouse Project also reflects the client's commitment to the natural world. A sun room graces the upper floor while the lower floor houses a plant conservatory, and a large deck was added to provide an outdoor living space that gives the feeling of being nestled up high among the trees

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RIDGE HOUSE

This residence is a simple form, bent and opened, to capitalize on its 180-degree mountain views. Its roof is shaped to respect the silhouette of the natural ridge line. The architecture balances these factors while meeting the high performance standards of the Passive House.

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MEADOW FARM

"The clients asked the design team to collaborate in developing their vision of a small organic farm. The resultant site design transitions from a cultivated landscape of orchards, gardens and farming towards a restored native ecology of meadow grasses and coastal live oaks. Intentionally, the interwoven site and architectural design celebrate the native California landscape and a deep connection to place..."

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ECOMOD SOUTH

In 2012, Barbara Gehrung was invited to provide passive house consulting services for the University of Virginia’s ecoMOD project. This initiative, supported by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission of Virginia, allows architecture students to design and build prototypes of affordable, modular, energy-efficient housing units for the commercial market.

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RUGBY HILLS HOME

The Rugby Hills Home project provided a much-needed update for a tired, undersized ranch house seated on a half-acre lot in the city. The addition of a second floor and the expansion of bedroom and living areas provided more space, and opening up the floor plan created the bright and airy feeling of a modern home. An update of all systems improved the overall performance and energy efficiency of the structure, and an emphasis on creating better connections between indoor and outdoor spaces further improved its curb appeal. 

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WESTWOOD HOME

A speculative urban-infill project for a local developer, the Westwood Home renovation brought a 1950's ranch firmly into the 21st century. Constructed with durable, low maintenance materials and a focus on contemporary use of space, Westwood was ultimately transformed from a cramped run-down space into a bright, healthy, and energy efficient home for a modern family. 

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LANGENBERG RESTAURANT

This pavilion respectfully extends an existing building outside of Zurich. The architecture is reduced to the minimum with its horizontal roof plane floating effortlessly above an envelope of doors and window; this allows the original building and connectivity to the surrounding zoo to take precedence.

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WHITEHEAD RESEARCH BUILDING

The Whitehead Biomedical Building is an award-winning facility that houses three science departments at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Completed in 2001, the building was the largest of its kind in the Southeast at the time, measuring in at eight stories high and 325,000 square feet. The unique and innovative energy and water efficiency strategies continue to set this LEED-certified facility apart, while an interior design that focuses on free-flowing movement, indoor air quality, and the presence of natural light contribute to an understanding of what is possible in the creation of healthy workplaces on a large scale today.

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