Right Sized Passive Home


While its space planning and technology are entirely 21st-century, this “right-sized” new home echoes the scale and detailing of its bungalow and foursquare neighbors. Indoor-outdoor experience is optimized with a front screened porch, complete with a wood-burning fireplace. As a Passive House (the second in the Chicago region), it uses about 10 times less heating and cooling energy of a built-to-code home, and about 70% less energy overall.



General Contractor
Evolutionary Home Builders


Structural Engineer
Goodfriend Magruder Structure


Third-party Testing and Verification
Eco Achievers


Hausman Photography


Energy Use
2019 Actual EUI = 18.1


Winner, Mainstream Green Home of the Year, Green Building Magazine, 2016,
Winner, Outstanding Single-Family Project, U.S. Green Buildling Council LEED Home Awards, 2017
Winner, PHIUS Project Awards, 2016


BUILDER magazine, November 2016,
“The Next Big Thing: Healthy Homes”
Professional Builder, November 2016,
“High Performance, High Design”
Green Building and Design Magazine, Nov 2016,
“2nd Annual Passive Projects Design Awards Winners”
Crain’s Chicago, July 31, 2015,
“The secret to an energy-efficient home? No, it’s not solar”
Curbed, July 29, 2015
“This Stylish Passive House Doesn’t Need to Show Off”
TreeHugger.com, July 24, 2015,
“A Chicago house that is “healthy, efficient, and right-sized for comfortable living”
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”