Design research role on supporting net-zero buildings

Alejandro Moreno-Rangel, Emmanuel Tsekleves, Paul Young, Marcelo Huenchuñir, Juan Manuel Vasquez

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The way we built is evolving to deliver net-zero (energy and carbon) and healthy buildings. This process has been steadily adopted in developed countries. However, the housing demand is expected to be more significant in countries under development. In contrast, people in such countries face wide barriers and challenges to embrace the net-zero future. The Passivhaus standard has played a critical role in this process in North America and Europe. This paper explores how design research can be used to support the net-zero evolution using the Passivhaus standard as a building design model in Latin America while supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.Design research provides a comprehensive approach for research on net-zero and healthy buildings, construction, capacity building, and engagement activities involving academics, professionals, and policymakers. This work presents the lessons learned through 3 initiatives delivered in Latin America between 2020 and 2022. These initiatives developed using the Passivhaus standard are the LatamHaus network, the Ice Box Challenge delivery in Santiago de Chile, and a workshop with academics to shape a collaboration agenda for future projects. This paper aims to present a model that can be replicated to support the decarbonisation process in other countries of the Global South.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2022
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Architecture and Urban Design. Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Place of PublicationSantiago, Chile
Number of pages6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Nov 2022
EventPLEA 2022: The Future of Sustainable Buildings and Urbanism in the Age of Emergency - Centro de Extensión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Duration: 22 Nov 202225 Nov 2022


ConferencePLEA 2022
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  • Passivhaus
  • net zero buildings
  • design research
  • Latin America


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