The Impact Passive Housing Has on the Environment

The Impact Passive Housing Has on the Environment Passive housing has become an extraordinarily popular style of environmentalism that many are utilizing in their newest construction projects. This type of housing follows simple rules that guide construction to create a space that requires very little energy to heat or cool and is generally inexpensive to build or maintain.  Reducing the building's ecological footprint is the main goal, but it can…


HPD, NYCHA, and HDC Announce Plans and Partners to Build a 195-Home, Wellness-Centered, Sustainable Mixed-Use Development for Low-Income Seniors in the Bronx

Sustainable Mixed-Use Development

NRP Group, Selfhelp Realty Group, and Foxy Management will develop a solar-oriented building on an underused section of the Morris Houses II campus in Morrisania, Bronx The development will provide Bronx and NYCHA residents with a community health center, nutrition education space, and on-site career-training in healthcare and technology Rendering by Nightnurse, images courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and…


Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average Book out March 29

Smaller homes with eco-friendly features, for people who value experiences more than stuff. The mass shift away from expensive urban living has resulted in people searching for smaller, more affordable homes. Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average includes 26 examples of small-house options around the country, including ADUs (accessory dwelling units). SHERI KOONES is an expert on the subject of small houses and sustainable building, having written nine previous books…


New Code Evaluation Report

We are pleased to share with you the publication of our new QAI Code Evaluation Report, numbered CERus-1004, covering select ROCKWOOL products. This new report verifies to you, your customers, regulatory agencies, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), architects, specifiers, contractors, engineers, and code officials that the ROCKWOOL products listed herein comply with the stated code requirements. View our full announcement which includes the products that were evaluated by clicking the button…


Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented?

19 January 2022 By: Alison Phelan, Technical Consultant Technical Topics Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented? Concern about mould in construction has been increasing as people become aware that exposure to mould can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, and impact decay of the building’s structure. As people spend a substantial part of their day indoors, be that in their homes, offices,…


What is Passive House? By EP Engineers

Chris Burgess | Friday July 30, 2021 Passive House Design Gains Steam in NYC as Leading Sustainability Solution for Commercial Development As New York City’s landlords and developers stare down tightening carbon-emissions caps with Local Law 97’s deadline fast approaching, the energy efficiency of commercial buildings is becoming even more paramount. What is Passive House? The basic tenets of Passive House design include an extremely well-insulated and super-tight building envelope…


Partel Introduces EXOPERM MONO SA 250 – Advanced Self-Adhesive Monolithic Membrane

November 26, 2021   With EXOPERM™ MONO SA 250, Partel brings an advanced self-adhesive breathable membrane, based on proven Monolithic Technology, designed for external and internal applications within the low-energy building sector. The increasing use of offsite construction methods demonstrates the commitment of the low-energy construction sector to the adoption of new technologies. Whether we are focusing on residential developments, commercial constructions, or public buildings, to help ensure high-quality durable structures,…



Carbon-Neutral Community of Passive Homes Coming to New York

By: Quinn Purcell, Utopia Associate Editor, Dec. 02, 2021 The Catskill Project aims to deliver 90 acres of single family homes in “one of the most energy efficient residential developments in the Greater New York Area,” according to project leaders. The Passive House design team behind The Catskill Project officially completed the first carbon-neutral model home in Livingston Manor, N.Y. Photo courtesy Marcus Brooks The future of residential development is…


COP26

Text by: George Kontaroudis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD These coming weeks are perhaps the most politically important for the future of humanity. That's because COP26, which is held in Glasgow, is in session. While the UN holds annual conferences on climate change, some are more important than others. COP26 is important because this year the delegates are planning to finalize the ‘Paris Rulebook’, or the rules needed to implement…


30 years old ˗ more relevant than ever!

Darmstadt/Wuppertal, Germany. Passive House is celebrating its 30th birthday – and is more  relevant than ever before. The 25th International Passive House Conference demonstrated how important it is to implement climate protection in buildings on a large scale. The Passive House Institute moderated the anniversary conference live in the Historic Town Hall of Wuppertal, for the participants it took place online. The research institute emphasised the key role that energy…


Call for 2021-2023 NYPH Board Members Candidate Applications

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Dear Esteemed NYPH Supporter, We are excited to announce that our 2021-2023 Board Elections are here! Do you have a vision to change the landscape of New York's built environment? Here's your chance! NYPH is looking for fresh ideas and strong leadership to head the organization starting Fall 2021. Successful applications will be determined by a members-only election. Click here to submit your application for the 2021-2023 NYPH Board Member…