Steven Winter Associates, Inc. is Hiring Passive House Professionals

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. is hiring Passive House consultants, design professionals and modeling experts for its rapidly growing PH team.  Certified professionals in the international or US standard are welcome to apply as are applicants with software training in either standard.  The ideal candidate will have a desire to work directly with clients as well as perform modeling and field inspections.  Attention to detail, good written and verbal skills, and a…


2016 Resolution: Irish County of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Will Only Build Passive House Buildings

In the English-speaking world, it can easily be argued that Ireland and New York are Passive House Examples for the rest of the Anglophone World to follow.  It's not hard to see how the cold winters of Ireland and the old buildings of NYC would benefit from Passive House Institute (PHI)-certified new-builds and EnerPHit-certified retrofits.  Since knowledge-sharing is one of the best ways to grow a new industry, it's never a bad…


20th International Passive House Conference Back in Darmstadt for its Anniversary

International Passive House Conference Program Now Available Online (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 6 January 2016) 20th International Passive House Conference April 22-23, 2016 in Darmstadt, Germany Discounted Early Bird Registration Open Now - Reserve Your Spot Today! Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House is now 25 years old; to celebrate this, the International Passive House Conference is returning to Darmstadt – the city in Germany, in which this success story began. On…


Green Building Advisor Presents: 10 Misconceptions about the Passive House Standard

[caption id="attachment_6239" align="alignright" width="300"] Passive House in British Columbia, Canada (Image Source: Green Building Advisor)[/caption] You probably already know that the international Passive House standard is the only building standard which delivers up to 90% reductions in building heating/cooling energy demands, paving the way to net-zero.  But if you are still having trouble explaining this German concept to your friends and colleagues, worry no more, as the Green Building Advisor has debunked…


World’s First Passive House Premium Now Certified

(Press Release, Passive House Institute, 3 November 2015) Darmstadt, Germany. One of the world’s most sustainable buildings stands in Bavaria: as the first of its kind, a mixed residential and commercial project in the town of Kaufbeuren has met the criteria for a Passive House Premium certification. With a heating demand of only 8 kWh/m²a, it is uniquely energy efficient. At the same time, a 250 m² photovoltaic system on…


Stevens Institute of Technology SU+RE House Passive House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Congratulations to our local Solar Decathlon Team at Stevens Institute of Technology for their award-winning project the SU+RE House - combining SUstainble + REsilient architecture practices to withstand the risks of storms and rising sea levels.  The team came in first place yesterday (October 18, 2015) out of a total of 14 competitors in this year's competition.  The two local teams--SU+RE House from the Stevens Institute of Technology and DURA…


New Passive House Classes Presented at Vancouver Conference

Criteria combining energy efficiency and renewables take immediate effect (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 7 October 2015) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="771"] Photo Credit: Passive House Institute[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Clearly-defined criteria for combining the international Passive House Standard with renewable energy sources are now applicable: the Passive House Institute's new guidelines for building evaluation have come into effect with the introduction of a new version of the planning tool PHPP at…


Welcoming the New NYPH Board

Join NYPH in Welcoming our Newly-Elected 2015-2016 NYPH Board of Directors.  NYPH Members voted for their top six candidates out of a pool of thirteen applicants.  Want to be more involved and have the opportunity to vote? Become a member and enjoy the many perks of NYPH membership. The NYPH Board of Directors is comprised of thirteen professionals from around the Passive House world.  This year, six positions were open…


Designing Sustainable Buildings Made Fun: Enhanced Planning Tool Released

English version of PHPP 9 to be presented at NAPHN Conference in Vancouver (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 16 September 2015) [caption id="attachment_5546" align="alignright" width="397"] Photo Credit: Passive House Institute / Cyrill Rückner, Oliver Rückner, Andreas Gäde[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. The tried and tested PHPP tool for designing energy efficient buildings is available in a brand-new version. This upgrade not only allows reliable calculation of the energy demand in accordance with…


Passive House Residents Offer Insights into Buildings of the Future

Open days in November make visits to many projects around the world possible (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 10 September 2015) [caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="793"] Passive House Institute[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Low-cost, comfortable, sustainable – that's the future-proof formula for the buildings of tomorrow. During the International Passive House Days from 13 to 15 November, everyone will be able to see how this concept is already working, when several hundreds of…


Submit Your Project to the NAPHN Passive House Design Awards 2015

Apply to the NAPHN Passive House Design Awards 2015! These awards recognize individuals, companies and projects that are spearheading the Passive House movement in North America, celebrating the design and construction quality of Passive House projects as part of a continuing history of excellence in low energy design. The winners will be announced at the dinner at Bridge’s restaurant on October 1st, hosted by Lloyd Alter (purchase tickets here). Learn more and submit…


Compete in the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards 2015

The AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards recognizes results-oriented achievements in the urban context. Winning submissions demonstrate processes that culminate in beautiful, timeless, and measurable design. AWARDS SCHEDULE: August 5, 2015 - Launch October 9, 2015 - Submissions Due November 11, 2015 - Winners Announced December 7, 2015 - Winners Presentation ABOUT THE AIANY COTE AWARDS: The awards will further sustainable design in the architectural profession, make transparent lessons learned,…