Earth Day 2022 is coming!

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Earth Day Initiative is excited to bring a focus on sustainability solutions to Hudson Yards in partnership with Volkswagen this spring. The climate community and the broader public are clamoring to see the path forward on tackling climate change and our environmental challenge. Earth Day Initiative wants to illustrate that path by highlighting some of the solutions being developed in sectors like transportation, energy, and fashion. We invite attendees to…


Building a climate resilient future

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Sustainability at ROCKWOOL "At ROCKWOOL, we transform volcanic rock into stone wool and our products contribute to address many of society’s biggest climate change challenges, creating new opportunities to enrich modern living and build safer, healthier, and more climate resilient communities. Indeed, stone wool is a versatile natural material with multiple benefits that makes it ideal for applications in buildings, industry, transportation, horticulture, and water management.  We pursue a fact-based,…


Celebrate Earth Day by Submitting Your Projects

Earth Day, Friday, April 22, is quickly approaching. To celebrate, we want to see your projects and share them with the NYPH Community.  Project of the Month Submissions A featured Member Project of the Month will be promoted on our website, newsletter, and social media channels. We want to promote tour members' work by giving the spotlight to a particular project each month, so we ask that you submit your…


Let’s save fossil energy! NOW!

Passive House Institute: #EfficiencyNOW shows ways towards independence from fossil fuels Darmstadt, Germany. The call of the hour is to save fossil energy. To achieve this goal quickly, the Passive House Institute has started the #EfficiencyNOW campaign. The research institute explains how each one of us can contribute towards becoming more independent of fossil energy, and ultimately phasing it out altogether. On Passipedia, the Institute provides guidelines on how to…


Empire Building Challenge

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Empire Building Challenge A New Era for High-Rise Buildings The Empire Building Challenge will spur economic growth and renewal in New York by attracting best-in-class manufacturers, solution providers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to help transform our existing building stock into the buildings of the future. Investing in the most promising novel approaches to retrofitting our tallest buildings will transform the high-rise building market and position the State as…


Check out the New York Passive House Podcast!

New York Passive House has published its first episode of the NYPH Podcast on Spotify and RSS.com on Tuesday, April 5. The first episode of the pod features Sarah Bayer and Matt Scheer of MAP Architects discussing the role sustainable building plays in their role as architects. Click here to listen


Blown-In Havelock Sheep Wool Insulation Is A Breeze

Installing blown-in (loose-fill) wool insulation at a professional level just got a whole lot easier. Havelock Wool is changing the game by offering blower rentals directly from Havelock. This is important because the blower they recommend most highly is not the standard model used by cellulose installers. The best part? The rental is free for the first 10 days (a refundable deposit is required.) Why Blown-In Wool? Sheep wool is a great…


THE CHESTNUTS ENERPHIT CASE STUDY – A SCALABLE APPROACH TO RETROFITTING

It is no secret that retrofitting an existing structure to a high standard is more challenging than building a new one. In part, retrofitting is challenging because of the diversity of obstacles faced by designers when considering insulation, airtightness, and thermal bridge mitigation strategies – every house is different. With unprecedented retrofit targets outlined by both Irish and UK governments, it is important to develop scalable retrofit approaches, that can…


If your hospital suddenly feels more like an Apple store or greenhouse, biophilic design is why

Healthcare spaces are increasingly using nature as a way to make their buildings better for patients. Among a certain subset of designers, there’s a growing feeling that the more natural a space is, the better. So-called biophilic design, or design that integrates nature and natural processes, is making its way into the world of architecture and urban development. In architecture, biophilia is seen as a way to make people happier and…


New Acraline Roll Adhesive – Where Functionality and Performance of Flexible Airtight Connections Meet

Partel upgrades the performance and functionality of the ACRALINE ROLL adhesive with new technical features, which offers a unique sealing solution of membranes for professionals in the construction of passive houses and low-energy buildings. ACRALINE ROLL is the innovative response by Partel to increased demands for adhesive solutions as an alternative to conventional air sealing technologies such as liquid adhesive. “It is a unique compound, because it combines the advantages…


The Double-Stud Wall Simplified: Low Cost, High Performance

The double-stud wall is a well-established method for creating a very economical, durable, and high R-value assembly in new construction - and is one reason it’s included as one of the basic 475 Smart Enclosure System assembly types. We know pushing standard code-minimum construction toward high performance is complicated. So we're always looking for ways to simplify - to simultaneously reduce cost while optimizing efficiency and occupant comfort. Read More


EIA: US Electricity Prices Increased by 4.3% During 2021

Author : Michael Tobias March 1, 2022 4 Minutes Read KEY TAKEAWAYS The US Energy Information Administration reported an electricity price hike of 4.3% for 2021, the highest 12-month increase since 2008. Between December 2020 and 2021, the EIA Electric Power Monthly report shows a 7.6% increase in residential and commercial kilowatt-hour prices. Rising electricity prices affect building owners directly, but they also represent a greater opportunity to save with…