NY15PH: Passive House Conference Gains Momentum in New York

[caption id="attachment_4999" align="alignright" width="250"] Ken Levenson, Nilda Mesa, Josh Fox[/caption] New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s watershed report One City: Built to Last looks to Passive House standards to inform how New York might reach its goal of 80% carbon reductions by 2050.  In doing so it raised many questions: What might implementation look like?   What are the hurdles we see?  What are the opportunities? With over 450 participants, the 4th…


“Green Zones: Do Buyers Want Sustainable Buildings?” – Observer article

By Emily Nonko From the Observer:   [caption id="attachment_4922" align="alignright" width="300"] PHOTO CREDIT: Hayes Davidson[/caption] "Last winter, Carroll Gardens resident Laura Mackall didn’t turn the heat on in her home once. “We just didn’t need it,” she said, “And the house stayed between 68 and 70 degrees all winter.” Ms. Mackall lives in a four-story rowhouse that she retrofitted as a Passive House last year. She stumbled upon the notion,…


New York Passive House Conference to Present Hero Award to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Further Awards Announced for Passive House Pioneers Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford New York City (PRWEB) June 02, 2015 The 4th Annual New York Passive House (NYPH) Conference and Expo happening June 11th in New York City will begin with the presentation of two awards: The NY Passive House Pioneer Award and the NY Passive House Hero Award. The awards will be presented by Josh Fox, director and producer of…


Leading Belgian Architect, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, to keynote NY Passive House Conference

Press Release, New York City, PRWEB, May 27, 2015 Brussels building revolution sets example for New York City carbon reduction efforts The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo will make the case that Passive House is uniquely suited to helping achieve New York City's low-carbon future. Photo Credit: A2M “Exhibit A” will be the revolutionary progress enacted in Brussels, Belgium. In 2007, at the time a city of…


New York Passive House Conference to Highlight NYC Mayor’s Plan, One City: Built To Last

  The New York Passive House Conference & Expo set for June 11th, 2015 New York City, NY (PRESS RELEASE) May 06, 2015   The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo is set to take place June 11, 2015 in Manhattan at 125 West 18th Street and promises to make the case that Passive House is uniquely suited to helping achieve New York City's low-carbon future. New York…


International Passive House Conference 2015

The 19th Annual International Passive House conference (#iPHC19) was held in Leipzig, Germany on April 17th and 18th.  With large contingents attending from North America and China, as well as an emerging group of practitioners stretching across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Portugal, the global effort of Passive House was palpable. The project types continue to expand, from factories, to office complexes to day-care centers, as did the details, from…



NY Times launches Passive House above the fold

The NY Times has just made its latest installment on the progress of Passive House in New York.  And unlike so much other news these days today - with Passive House the news is good!   The article, "The Passive Principle" in print, appears above the fold on the cover of the Sunday Times Real Estate Section, and online is titled "The Passive House in New York".  Written by Alison Gregor, it conveys many important developments.…


“One New York City Rowhouse takes on a changing climate” – Sierra Magazine article.

Article from Lindsay Abrams from the Sierra Magazine.   Published in the March/April 2015 issue of Sierra Magazine     One New York City Rowhouse takes on a changing climate "It was only supposed to be a refurbishment. Then the city informed architect Thomas Paino and his partner, Peter Johnson, that their 1903 row house in Long Island City, Queens, would need to be raised three feet above the floodplain because…


Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

Evaluation of efficiency takes place according to renewable primary energy system (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 19 March 2015) [Note: See GreenBuildingAdvisor report on the new certification standards here.] "Darmstadt, Germany. Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute introduces two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the…


Passive House Examples in Public Administration and Regulation

As the popularity of Passive House grows, more public agencies are acknowledging its utility and significance in their planning for a low-carbon future, and are officially incorporating Passive House references and terminology into there regulatory and administrative texts.   Some instances are dramatic mandates, such as building code requirements in Brussels Belgium; others are incentives, such as San Francisco’s option for an expedited planning process for Passive House buildings; while others are…


NAPHN14 in Maine, Martin and a Few Inches of Sub-Slab Insulation

This is a guest blog post by Bronwyn Barry, a CPHD, Passive House California Board Member, and Co-President of the North American Passive House Network. October 3, 2014 This past weekend saw a lively debate on Twitter between Martin Holladay, myself and a few other Tweeps over what amounts to a few inches of insulation. It followed a very successful North American Passive House Network 2014 (NAPHN14) Conference & Expo…