Monitoring Confirms Energy Efficiency of Passive House City District

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 1 September 2015 Report on measurements in Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt project now available online   Passive House City District in Heidelberg, Germany (Image Credit: Passive House Institute) Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg (Germany) has passed the test: according to a report on recent measurements, the values being strived for in relation to energy efficiency were met in full. In 2014, the…


Upgrades in New PHPP 9: PER, Classes, Criteria

From the Passive House Institute (PHI): For almost 20 years, Passive House criteria have constituted guidelines for an excellent level of energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness and comfortable living conditions. To date, more than 1 million square meters of Passive House floor area has been certified through the quality assurance system set up in parallel.  Through the course of time, these criteria have been carefully adapted and augmented several times in line…


Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables – a new eBook from NAPHN

Everyone talks about Net Zero and more and more people are talking about Passive House.   Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables demonstrates that the Passive House pathway is the best way to reach Net Zero.   The international Passive House Standard makes extremely comfortable, durable, healthy and affordable buildings in a growing array of shapes and uses: apartments, schools, even a dental clinic.  All use very little energy.  By optimizing…


Component Award announced for ventilation in residential buildings

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 11 August 2015 Innovators in the field of cost-effective systems for broad application to be honored [caption id="attachment_5342" align="aligncenter" width="779"] Ventilation With Heat Recovery (Image Credit: Passive House Institute)[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5341" align="alignright" width="300"] Component Award 2016 (Image Credit: Passive House Institute)[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Ventilation with heat recovery is absolutely essential in energy efficient construction. The application of such systems in practice often fails due…


FXFOWLE Awarded Passivhaus Grant

(Reposted from FXFOWLE.com) The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded FXFOWLE a research grant to determine the viability of implementing the Passivhaus standard for tall residential buildings in New York. Working with an associated consultant team, and using an FXFOWLE residential project currently in design, the study investigates the detailed implications of adapting a typical sustainable tall residential building to meet the Passivhaus standard. The project…


First multi-unit residential building certified to Passive House Plus

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 4 August 2015 Housing complex in Innsbruck combines energy efficiency and renewables Photo Credit: Neue Heimat Tirol Darmstadt, Germany/Innsbruck, Austria. The combination of energy efficiency and renewables is the future-proof solution for all buildings, including multi-storey projects – this is demonstrated with a new build in Innsbruck: the apartment complex is the first of its kind to be certified as a Passive House Plus building. This…


NAPHN15 Conference & Expo – Register Before August for Best Price

There are many reasons to attend NAPHN15 October 1-2 in Vancouver BC.  It has the best Passive House program of any building conference in the Western Hemisphere - ever: http://naphn15.canphi.ca/schedule/.  No fluff.  No BS. Early bird ticket sale ends August 1st so don't wait and register here. 38 speakers confirmed - Passive House designers, builders, sustainability experts and policy advisors from around the world Keynote speaker - Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Director for Centre…


Call for Papers for the International Passive House Conference 2016

Forum for energy efficient construction returns to Darmstadt on its anniversary (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 29 July 2015) "Darmstadt, Germany. Big anniversary for the International Passive House Conference: from 22 to 23 April 2016 this central event for energy efficient construction will take place for the twentieth time running. Experts from around the world can now submit their abstracts for the conference program. A special focus of the event…


NAPHN Passive House Windows Workshop Series

The Windows of Change are Blowing When the first Passive House was built in Darmstadt, Germany, there was not a single window on the market that met the stringent Passive House performance requirements. Fast forward to today, and the situation is vastly different: a robust European market with over 200 certified Passive House window products. In Canada and the US, the Passive House market is heating up. With countless low,…


Passive House Meets Net Zero – Zeroing In On Energy Efficiency

  If you missed Passive House Meets Net Zero, you still have a chance to listen to a recorded streaming of the event! This education event, co-hosted with Ontario Passive House Group, focused on Net Zero Energy Homes and Buildings. Participants learned about the work of the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany, which has spent the last few years tackling the question what does it mean to be "Net…


China’s first Passive House office building now certified

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 2 July 2015 China’s first Passive House office building now certified Local stakeholders turning increasingly to energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries’ first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua…


Cornell’s New Campus Breaks Ground and Passive House is Main Attraction

Cornell Groundbreaking from 475 HPBS on Vimeo. "This spring we said “Passive House Poised To Go Big.” Now we’re saying “Passive House Is Going Big.” On June 16th, Cornell Tech held a groundbreaking ceremony on Roosevelt Island. While the event took place to announce Bloomberg Philanthropies $100Mil gift to the new campus, the “BOOM!” heard round the low-energy/high-performance world was news that the campus will have the world’s tallest Passive House.…