Press & Awards


Passive House Accelerator/Buildings Magazine Issue, June 23, 2021, “Retrofits: Revitalizing Communities: Carroll Center Passive House Retrofit, January 25, 2021, “Acorn Glade: Chicago Area’s Third Passive House

Fine Homebuilding, Feb/Mar 2021, “High Design at Home in Nature

Wednesday Journal, July 23, 2020, “Park District Goes Passive, June 18, 2020, “More Ideas About Design After the Coronavirus

Chicago Architect, March/April, 2020, “Recognizing Local Excellence: TBDA

Green Building and Design, 2020, “Meet the Winners of the 2019 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

Chicago Architect, January/February, 2020, “Facade: Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, January 14, 2020, “5 Prefab Home Companies to Know in Illinois

Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2019, “Chicago winter without a furnace or gas bill: Passive houses make it possible and are slowly catching on, July 1, 2018, “Austin Gardens Park

The Hinsdalean, April 2018, “Hinsdale buildings take steps to go green”, April 18, 2018, “Tom Bassett Dilley Architects Creates Sustainable Design Supported by ArchiCad”, March 15, 2018, “Alluring Meets Affordable With These 5 Chicago Prefabs

Wednesday Journal, December 12, 2017, “Totally modular: A fresh take on new construction

Crains Chicago, November 28, 2017, “Watch this modular Oak Park house come together

Voyage Chicago, JUNE 20, 2017, “Meet Tom Bassett-Dilley of TBDA in Oak Park, May 26, 2017, “Austin Gardens Enviro Center goes platinum, March 15, 2017, “2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Simply the Right Size

Illinois Parks and Recreation Magazine, March/April 2017, “Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center: Green in Every Way”, Feb 14, 2017, “A Modern Attic Renovation: Home Ec OP Design Studio and Lounge

Professional Builder, November 2016, “High Performance, High Design

Wednesday Journal, November 8, 2016, “An educated environmental center

Green Building and Design, Nov 2016, “Event: 2nd Annual Passive Projects Design Awards Winners

Chicago Tribune, June 28, 2016, “What to know before you renovate: Stories, tips from those who lived through it

Chicago Tribune, June 6, 2016, “Austin Gardens education center to open Saturday

Crains Chicago, July 31, 2015, “The secret to an energy-efficient home? No, it’s not solar, July 29, 2015, “This Stylish Passive House Doesn’t Need to Show Off, July 24, 2015, “A Chicago house that is “healthy, efficient, and right-sized for comfortable living

Kane County Connects, July 2015, “3 Mind-Blowing Kane County Homes Featured July 25-26 in Prestigious US Greenbuilt Tour

Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2015, “2015 GreenBuilt Home Tour to showcase eco-friendly building practices

West Suburban Living, May 2015, “Eco-Friendly Living: Live healthier and save money with a green-built home

Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2015, “Environmentally friendly house being built on Clinton Avenue

Wednesday Journal, January 13, 2015, “Passive houses, A new generation of homes in Oak Park

Fine Homebuilding’s “Energy Smart Homes,” Winter 2014, for River Forest Passive House

Chicago Architect, September/October 2014, “The Passive-ist Front


2019 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition, Single-Family Project Winner and Source Zero Winner for Acorn Glade Passive House, Downers Grove, 2019.

AIA Illinois 200 Great Places, Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, Oak Park, IL. 2018

AIA Illinois, Frank Lloyd Wright Design Excellence Award for Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, June 2017

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Home Awards, Outstanding Single-Family Project Winner, 2016, for Right-Sized Passive Home, Best in Design 2017 Award, Best in Service 2017 Award

Mainstream Green Home of the Year Award Winner, Green Building Magazine, 2016, for Right-Sized Passive Home

Cavalcade of Pride Awards, Oak Park Community Design Commission for Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, 2016

Passive House Institute US Project Award, for Right-Sized Passive Home, 2016

Historic Preservation Award, Oak Park, 403 N Elmwood, 2015 (Kaegi Kitchen)

Emerald Award, USGBC-IL, for first certified Passive House in the Chicago region, 2013

Historic Preservation Award, Geneva, 405 S. 1st Street, 2012

Historic Preservation Award, Oak Park, 313 Forest, 2011

Green Award, Oak Park Energy and Environment Advisory Commission, for Green Garage, 2010

Preservation and Design Award, City of Evanston, for Ouweleen Coach House, 2010

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