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VH 1.0, the 1st certified Passive House offered and sold in New Mexico, was awarded a 2012 Grand Design Award by EcoHome, a magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The award profile highlighted VOLKsHouse as
“a viable example of how production housing might move affordably into the realm of net-zero energy ... achieving a rare balance between architectural design and sustainable performance.”

The first VOLKsHouse was built on Ferguson Lane and Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe. Designated VOLKsHouse 1.0, it was the final building in the Passive House Initiative, a series of three passive structures in Santa Fe built between 2010 and 2012 to provide a demonstration of the feasibility of efficient Passive House construction in New Mexico. The aim of the project was to realize the Passive House technology’s energy-saving potential, and, importantly, to demonstrate its market demand. The initiative included three Passive House structures: The Balance Project comprised of Jonah Stanford’s office and residence, and VOLKsHouse 1.0. VH 1.0 was completed by MOSA, Mojarrab Stanford Architects.

Constructing an affordable, high performance, low-energy building has been a constant goal of contractors, developers and architects for years. The Passive House Initiative pioneered a consistent means of achieving this ideal –– a reproducible method that does not dictate materials, design or forms and tht can be adapted for local builders and conditions anywhere in North America.

VOLKsHouse 2.0 is the next logical step in the Santa Fe market after VOLKs 1.0. It is a single story, one family, energy-saving home to be built in the attractive Los Lomas subdivision. VH 2.0 will combine the low energy use Passive House standard with renewable technologies to achieve net-zero annual performance at a cost that meets or beats conventional construction standards. It will feature economical and efficient panel construction as well as offering state-of-the-art “smart house” technology with a plug and play monitoring system to continually report energy performance. The principle architect for VH 2.0 will be Vahid Mojarrab of WAMO Studio LLC.