Imagine Passive House

Conjure an image of home.  Of your elementary school.  Of your office.   They’re familiar.   Now imagine your own Passive House.  More difficult, right?   But what if Passive House can describe a school, an apartment building, a factory, an office or a home?  And it does.  What if Passive House design can be modern, historical, vernacular, high and low design.   And it can.  What if the “House” in…


Why Passive House?

Building to the Passive House Standard[1] reduces our buildings’ operational energy demand to an optimized extent through passive measures and components such as insulation, airtightness, heat recovery, solar heat gains, solar shading and incidental internal heat gains.   Passive House reliably delivers up to approximately a 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a 75% reduction in overall primary energy demand when compared to our existing building stock.[2]…


New Book: The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design (Princeton Architectural Press) Last week Amazon Editors' announced the Best Architecture Books for 2013 and The Greenest Home made # 6! Author Julie Torres Moskovitz is a member of New York Passive House. The book highlights 18 Passive House case studies primarily in North America and a project range of new construction and retrofit projects. The book features photographs and drawings of…


Talking Transition: join NYPH and Urban Green Council to help make the Mayoral transition count

How do you think Mayor De Blasio should promote sustainable, healthy and resilient buildings? For the first time in 12 years, New Yorkers will have a new mayor. It’s time to start Talking Transition. Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City to help shape the next mayor’s goals and strategies. Whether you’re a lifelong New Yorker or you’ve just arrived, everyone has a unique vision…


Passive House Living

I have now been living in our brand new passive house for 3 weeks and wish to report my first impressions: Peace, bliss, silence, fresh air, no draft, no headache: WOW, it actually does what it says on the box! What was a bit destabilizing in the beginning is that you do not hear anything at all: no furnace igniting like a truck has started moving in your crawl space,…


What is Passive House?

Passive House is a building standard.  It is a voluntary international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany – referred to also as The Passive House Standard.   The Passive House Standard is composed of several strict performance requirements for new building construction.  For the renovation of existing buildings PHI developed a similar if slightly more lenient performance standard.   The resulting performance represents a roughly…


RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE: PASSIVE HOUSE GROWS AT GREENBUILD 2013

Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, takes place November 18-23 in Philadelphia. This year's huge Passive House presence is a reflection of the growth of the Passive House standard in the US. GREENBUILD 2013 is to feature six presentations that focus on Passive House building, three building tours, and on the GREENBUILD EXPO floor there will be a PASSIVE HOUSE ZONE organized by the North American…


Passive House Office Towers

Currently the tallest Passive House skyscraper in the world is the 20-story Raiffeisen office building (RHW.2) in Austria. It maxes out Vienna's height restrictions at 78 meters. The building features high-performance glazing, heat recovery from the data servers, a ground-source heat pump, and 240 square meters of solar PV. According to Der Standard the construction budget was 84 million euros (about $380 per square foot). See the Passive House Database for…


NY13 Passive House Symposium, Saturday June 8th

Passive House: Toward Net Zero Energy To slash energy use and carbon emissions while developing our built environment, Passive House is the proven essential first step – increasing comfort and health while reducing heating and cooling demand by up to 90%.    The NY13 Passive House Symposium (NY13) will explore the effectiveness of Passive House as a cornerstone of our low-energy, low-emissions future - highlighting important questions regarding policy, finance and…


After a Bumpy Start, a Passivhaus Success Story

BY VERONIQUE LEBLANC POSTED ON MAY 7 2013 on GreenBuildingAdvisor   In 2006, when we bought our house in Mamaroneck, New York, it was all about location: views on Mamaroneck Harbor, a south-facing orientation, proximity to the train station and the village’s main shopping street, and the ability to have a decent sailboat moored in deep water across the street and winterized at the shipyard next door. The house was…


The 7 Habits of Local, Highly Successful Passive House Organizations – thoughts on resource efficient advocacy

By Bronwyn Barry Over the past five years I've been fortunate to interact with a vast network of Passive House advocates from Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.  At home in California, I've worked to promote the PH concept both locally at Passive House California, and nationally at the American Passive House Network in coordination with NY Passive House, Passive House Northwest…


Tintin goes Passive

Belgium, the country that brought us Tintin, the reporter-turned detective, is in the midst of another great adventure. Belgium has finally found the culprit in its high energy costs and CO2 emissions which translates directly into loss of money and global warming. The culprit was always hiding right under their nose and worse yet in their homes and places of work: poorly insulated buildings. This was the perfect villain for Tintin to confront with energy savings strategies.…