Climate Alliance, Europe’s largest city network, has made a bold move

Climate Alliance, Europe's largest city network, has made a bold move in its new policy manifesto, advocating for the #PassiveHouse standard to be at the forefront of building regulations. This is a monumental step towards sustainable urban development, aligning perfectly with the goals of our #outPHit project. As cities across Europe look to lower their carbon footprints, adopting #PassiveHouse can play a pivotal role in transforming our urban landscapes into…


Decarbonizing Your Building: A Workshop to Help You Strategize & Electrify

Building energy exchange: This month: District 33 Council Member Lincoln Restler, BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION INC, Building Energy Exchange, Steven Winter Associates, and Con Edison are hosting a workshop to help 1-4 unit building owners, co-op/condo board members, managers, and operators electrify their residential buildings! ⚡️ Learn from technical experts and industry professionals about heat pumps and other high-performance technologies to make your building more efficient, healthy, and safe. Speakers will…


Project – Clutch City Passive

Post by: David Edgar I am so proud to have been involved with Jesse Hunt on this project. It was our first Passive House build. We had a great time working together and it was a great success! We are on to more builds and dedicated to building Passive only! Once you build with this level of quality you can never go back! The Passive House certification process from energy…




Blocks created using naturally occurring microalgae

AZURE Media delves into our Bio-Block Spiral installation with Prometheus Materials in its latest issue, highlighting its role as a zero-carbon alternative to conventional concrete masonry units. The blocks are created using naturally occurring microalgae combined with water, sunlight, and CO2 in a patent-pending process to create a material chemically similar to coral reefs and oyster shells. "Coral reefs occupy only a tiny fraction of the ocean floor, yet they…


Our legendary OBEX CORTEX 0500FR ISM (Interface Sealing Membrane) has officially achieved Passive House Certification

We're pleased to announce that our 0500FR is now among the elite ranks of products that meet the rigorous, energy-efficient standards required for Passive House certification. This milestone is not just a win for us, but another step forward towards more sustainable construction and design. https://bit.ly/3V5qqnc Why does Passive House matter? Passive House is more than just a standard; it's a commitment to energy efficiency, comfort, and reducing ecological footprints.…


Five Case Studies on Drone-assisted Enclosure Surveys

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are important tools for many industries and sectors in today’s world. Applying this technology to building enclosures requires understanding the advantages and disadvantages of this tool beyond the casual backyard drone operator. Hear from a UAV Pilot-in-Command and a Building Enclosure Consultant on their experiences using drones to capture various types of building enclosure survey data to meet various building owner-driven goals. Presented at no…


First-Ever All-Electric, Net Zero, Carbon Speculative Industrial Building Development in Ontario

The facility in Milton, Ontario, also includes an enhanced envelope and precast panel insulation to reduce air leakage. Credit: BGO Fifth Line Business Park in Milton, Ontario, features the first all-electric, net zero, carbon speculative industrial building. This 234,061 ft2 industrial building offers state-of-the-art net zero carbon specifications including an all-electric HVAC system that is 200%-300% more efficient than standard systems and a 500 kW rooftop solar array that negates 100%…



Geothermal Energy Capacity Could Increase 20-Fold, DOE Says in Latest Report

The Department of Energy this week released the latest iteration in a series of reports on the potential of next-generation geothermal energy. The DOE said the report, Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Next-Generation Geothermal Power, shows how advanced geothermal technology could increase the United States’ geothermal energy production by a factor of 20. The report is the ninth installment in the DOE’s Liftoff series that was introduced in March 2023. Continue…


A New Surge in Power Use Is Threatening U.S. Climate Goals

Utilities in some states are proposing new natural gas plants to keep up with rising electricity demand. “I can’t recall the last time I was so alarmed about the country’s energy trajectory,” Tyler Norris, a power systems expert and PhD student at the Nicholas School of the Environment told The New York Times. Norris wrote a policy brief last year that provides an example of an innovative regulatory solution that…