Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy

The International Passive House Association (iPHA) launched a campaign—"Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy"—with the goal "to raise awareness for the vital role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting our climate goals." The iPHA is a global network of 22 affiliate organizations promoting the concept of Passive House; it has been promoting energy efficiency for its entire existence—it is the raison d'être of the movement. The new campaign raised some…


New York Passive House joins the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction as a Member

New York Passive House becomes the first US based Passive House Organization to joint the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) organized by the United Nations Environment Program. We joined the Work Areas Market Transformation, Building measurement, data and information and beyond. We are honored to work alongside the United Nations Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to advanced building energy efficiency and Passive House. See More >


High-rise Passive House in NYC

By Lisa DiCaprio, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club NYC Group Photo Courtesy of Handel Architects NYC is leading in high-rise Passive House design and construction. On November 1, 2017, the Passive House Institute certified the 26-story Passive House residential building on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which is now the largest and tallest Passive House building in the world. Handel Architects, based in NYC, designed the building. [1] The…


Happy Birthday, Passive House !

Passive House now 30 years old –pioneering work paves the way for energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. Passive House is celebrating its 30th birthday this year!Starting as an experiment,great credit can be given to this pioneering project by Professor Wolfgang Feist: at a time when only very few people thought about climate protection, it paved the way for energy efficiency in buildings. Today, the Passive House Standard has been implemented throughout…


Architects Focus | Retrofit Solutions and Design Opportunities

 Presenter: Michael Ingui Ed May Program Overview: Join us as Ed May and Michael Ingui present current designs, techniques, and approaches to the historic masonry retrofits they are currently working on. Learning Objectives: Understand how Passive House consultants approach building evaluation, design and certification. Gain Familiarity with the basic workflow of Passive House design and modeling as well as the critical tools used in assessing Passive House performance. Opportunities…


Product Showcase | Thermally-Broken Shelf Angles

 Presenters: Adam Kimble, Sales Director with Michael Ross, Senior Technical Advisor moderating Q&A (bios below) Short description: This presentation will focus on thermally-efficient methods for masonry cladding supports that promote the Passive House Building Standard, LEED and Green Building requirements for continuous insulation in above-grade wall assemblies that are becoming more common to continue to shift the industry toward more stringent thermal performance standards. Understanding the impacts of conventional…


Passive House with Fiberglass and Mineral Wool

Background This marketing piece will highlight residential single-family homes built to the passive house standard affordably using fiber glass and mineral wool insulation. The piece will be modeled after an existing NAIMA literature piece, High Performance at the Right Price, which highlights four ways fiberglass batts were used in new home construction to achieve outstanding thermal performance. Introduction Passive House construction is designed to be highly energy efficient, with the…



NYPH statement on anti-AAPI violence and institutional racism

The recent violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is simply unacceptable. Sadly, it is only the latest manifestation of the destructive force on our communities of institutional racism. As design, engineering, and construction professionals, whose work is to create homes, offices, and communities that enhance human dignity and comfort, we have an obligation to speak up for civil rights and to act to dismantle systemic racism. New York Passive…


BENCHMARKING RESULT FOR PASSIVE HOUSE RETROFITS RATED TOP 5%

We are pleased to share our benchmarked data that puts our retrofit building’s energy performance within the top 5% in the city for its energy use. We present three of our completed retrofit projects, two-six story affordable co-op multifamily buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and a historic row-house in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. The benchmarked data also validates Passive House (PH) strategies as cost-effective to retrofit homes. Our…


Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) becomes Sponsor of NYPH

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) becomes Sponsor of NYPH. For over three decades, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has pioneered outstanding building design and urban revitalization projects as the foundation for vibrant and sustainable communities. Our top priority is to assist non-profit groups, municipalities, and developers to reshape neighborhoods to improve their residents’ quality of life. Decades after our firm was founded in 1986, we continue to reinvent the design…