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.


“We hired TBDA to design a new construction home in suburban Oak Park, Il. We knew we wanted a sustainable project that was consistent with our goals and lifestyle. Tom provided an outstanding level of expertise leading to both Passive House certification and LEED Platinum certification. Tom was able to marry building science with building aesthetics to create a healthy, sustainable and beautiful home that fulfilled all of our expectations.”

Owner of Right Sized Passive House, Oak Park, IL



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, July 19 2015,
“Raising the Bar on Green 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”