The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Buhnici House - Premium Passive House Certified 2018

Τόνισε Περίπτωση Highlighted Case
Share this Post:

The Buhnici House is an energy efficient home designed for a family living in the proximity of Bucharest. The team composed of architects, structural engineers and energy efficiency engineers designed it in order to obtain the Premium Passive House Certification which it did in 2018.

Este prima casă pasivă premium din România și în top 10 din lume, este o casă construită de la buldozer la întrerupător în mai puțin de 7 luni, este o casă cu materiale și tehnologie de rachete spațiale în ea, este automatizată complet și înțesată de sensori, are 14 aplicații care sub o interfață comună o fac integral controlabilă de pe telefon, este o casă care a generat pe Youtube peste 50 de milioane de vizualizări și lista de superlative continuă.




George Buhnici, one of Romania’s most famous IT video bloggers has nearly 800,000 subscribers to his Romanian YouTube Channel. Being into IT, he totally embraced the tech side of Passive House and he also videoed a lot of his journey of designing and building his own Passive House home.


Many of these videos, some featuring Marius, have been viewed 200,000 times! There’s a lesson here for how we can reach more people to spread the word about Passive House.


From :


" Our interior design team worked together with all the other specialist in order to obtain the most simple and elegant interior design that suits the house’s exterior and passive project.


One of the most interesting parts but also one of the challenges of the Interior Design project was to combine the high-tech building methods with a bit of the Romanian tradition which means using raw wood and mostly natural materials.


Our solution was to keep things simple and use local manufacturers for the pieces of furniture.


During our first discussion, we learned that the owners had acquired about 8 cubic meters of recovered oak wood which came from one of the their family’s home villages.


The wish to use it in the newly designed home was therefore very easily understandable so this is how a kind of gate structure appeared in the middle of the day area, this having the purpose to visually divide the dining room from the living room.


There are also other elements built out of that recovered wood: lighting objects, stairs, railings etc.


Some of the furniture used in the interior is supplied by Dizainăr, the Romanian Design Concept-Store, the place where Romanian Designers come together to exhibit and bring products to market.


Another interesting element is the Living room skylight which we decided to frame with a specially designed lighting object".


-Interior design: Marilena Popa, Alina Catrina, Mihnea Ghilduș

-Interior design collaborators: Mirabela Necula, Nicoleta Furniga

-Structural and energy efficiency engineering: Marius Șoflete

-Interior ; ) Photography: Cosmin Dragomir

Author(s) information


George Buhnici, Marius Șoflete, et al.


Award labels

Available link languages

Operational date

Πέμπτη, 26 Απρίλιος, 2018

Relevant tools

Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) 9 & DesignPH