The E-Haus Design Competition 2019

The E-Haus Design Competition 2019

The previous isorast Passivhaus Design Competition attracted entries as far away as Singapore

First it was a good idea to become energy efficient – cutting fuel bills and energy consumption.

Now we’re at the stage where the principles of the Passivhaus are becoming more recognised as the implications of Global Warming and a rise in temperature of 1.5 degrees register with those in authority.

So we are already looking at the next step forward to sustainability – The E-Haus!

Passivhaus construction has already established the feasibility of removing active heating and cooling systems to control the domestic environment. Indeed, as the efficiency of energy storage systems improves autonomy from energy utilities is becoming a practical proposition.

The logical development now becomes generating more renewable energy than is required for use in the home and selling it back to the grid, creating the home as an Energy House – The E-Haus!

The isorast building system in Germany (aka BecoWallform in the UK) has long pioneered the building fabric as the key to energy efficiency. Isorast was the first building system to be approved by the Passivhaus Institut and has continued development towards practical, energy autonomous homes.

The E-Haus Design Competition

Isorast have now launched an open competition to design an E-Haus – an Energy House based on a family home of up to 200 sq.m. which produces all the energy it requires and contributes any surplus back into the national grid system. The competition is open to architects and designers in the EU and Switzerland. Total prize money is €55,000 + VAT where applicable.

Entries are to be submitted by 16th August 2019 and the winning projects will be exhibited at the ReWoBau 2020 trade fair in Wiesbaden, 7th to 9th February 2020.

Further details are available via the isorast website:

Competition Document Downloads in English

E-House Part 1 – Concept and Principles of the Competition

E-House Part 2 – Competition Aims

E-House Part 3 – Design Parameters

A similar competition to design a Passivhaus run by isorast in 1995 (almost 24 years ago!) attracted over 240 entries even from as far away as Singapore.

The E-Haus Design Competition 2019 was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Beco