Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the NYPH Board members and community, the Brooklyn Borough Board has passed a resolution to advance the Passive House Standard for the New York City Building code!
BROOKLYN, NY, April 18, 2017: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams continued his celebration of Earth Week by hailing the passage of a resolution at the Brooklyn Borough Board that called for the New York City building code to be adjusted to Passive House standards. Passive House is a recognized international standard for a building’s energy efficiency to reduce heating and cooling requirements by up to 90 percent and overall energy demand by up to 75 percent compared to conventional buildings, while also providing the most comfortable and healthy interior environment. Brooklyn is considered an innovation center for Passive House, with more than 35 projects completed or in progress, the largest concentration in the United States. The resolution, passed at the body’s April meeting, includes support for the City to investigate implementing Passive House Classic, Passive House Plus (net zero), and Passive House Premium (net positive) standards for new building construction and renovation applications across the borough. Borough President Adams applauded the board, a charter-mandated committee that comprises himself as chair, the council members for each district in Brooklyn, and the chairs of the borough’s community boards, for passing this progressive step toward greater energy efficiency.
To increase the awareness and implementation of Passive House standards across Brooklyn, Borough President Adams will convene architects, designers, developers, and the general public for an information and training session on Monday, April 24th at 6:00 PM in the Courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall. The workshop, led by New York Passive House, will educate attendees how to save money on heating and cooling bills, create a healthier home with cleaner air, live more comfortably with better temperature control and sound reduction, and reduce a building’s carbon footprint.