Oregon Student Wins 1st Place in Home Design Competition

Wednesday, Apr 30 2014
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Nigel F. Maynard

Architectural student Cameron Huber’s design for a high performance/high design home has won first place in the 2014 perFORM House Design Competition.

Organized by Portland, Ore.-based construction company Hammer & Hand, the competition challenges emerging architecture professionals to fuse high design with high performance building for a single-family house in Seattle. It must achieve Passive House-like levels of energy performance, while being resourceful, replicable and beautiful, the company said.

"We developed this design competition to support young architects and to demonstrate that high design goes hand-in-hand with high performance building," said Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand.

Huber, a student at the University of Oregon, designed a prototype entitled "HO[MIN]ID," which “impressed the jury with its restraint, purity of form, friendliness to neighborhood context, and understanding of energy performance within a holistic approach to sustainability,” the company said.

“The goal of this project was to loosely follow Passive House standards in order to achieve a high-performance envelope and overall system, while creating a truly flexible environment for a forward thinking,” Huber’s story board states.

Measuring 1,580-sq. ft., the home uses a highly insulated wall, a steep-pitched roof with R-21 cellulose insulation, a heat exchange ventilator, an apature that allows passive solar heat gain to warm some of the living spaces, solar panels and rainwater recycling.

For first place, Huber received $2,000. Four runners up, Andrew Schenk (Ball State University), Steve Clark (Montana State University), Jacob Dunn (University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab) and Samuel Kraft (architectural intern at Seek Architecture), received $1,000.

To see images of the other homes, click here.

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