Ice Box Challenge

  Pratt Institute and BE-Ex are excited to announce the Ice Box Challenge, a unique exhibit that will launch on May 14 and be on display throughout the summer at the Exchange in downtown Manhattan. Originating from Brussels, Belgium, the Ice Box Challenge demonstrates the benefits of high energy efficiency #PassiveHouse strategies through a public scientific demonstration comparing two ice-filled boxes to see which keeps the heat out better. (READ MORE)


Attention post-secondary students!

Ready to take your research to the next level? RDH is thrilled to offer a $2,000 annual scholarship for research projects in the field of building science. What makes us stand out? Our sponsor program pairs you with an experienced RDH'er where you'll gain valuable guidance on your research journey. Apply now before May 31st! Click the link to learn more! Learn More


Have you seen the new Architect Packet from Croft?

They're doing the incredible job of making straw and wood into high performance systems, ready for 21st century, large-scale projects. We're very excited to work with them and are always happy to see the latest development. Check their panel specs per this new doc (available on croft.haus now): - R-Value of 3.8/inch (panels are R-45 or R-60) - Class A Flame and Smoke spread (ASTM E84) - Vapor-Open hygrothermal behavior (Pro…


Transforming The Heritage with Sustainability at the Forefront

We're excited to give you an inside look at the NYSERDA Empire Building Challenge project, The Heritage, a notable three-building, 680,000-square-foot development located on Madison Avenue. Originally constructed in 1974, The Heritage is undergoing a significant retrofit to usher in a sustainable future. 🏢🍃 Thanks to the collaboration with L+M Development Partners LLC and Invesco Ltd., the project is set to achieve an ambitious goal: a 54% reduction in site…



Through-Wall Flashings and Transition Membranes: Selection & Installation

This presentation will cover a detailed explanation of the challenges and solutions facing through-wall flashings and transition membranes, provide a thorough description of the characteristics of several types of membranes, emphasize the importance of compatibility, and explain proper installation techniques.   Learning Objectives: Cover the performance criteria used to specify through-wall flashings and transition membranes. Cover how to design a resilient and durable flashing system that will minimize life cycle…


BIOBUILSD – Combine the desire to have a Healthy House with the necessity of a Passive House.

Embracing Sustainable Living with Prefab Straw Passive Houses in a Snowy March Yesterday on a snowing day in Cluj, we visited two #Biobuilds prefab straw houses under construction that are raising the bar for #sustainability. These innovative homes not only reduce #carbonemissions but also promote healthy living, all while being eco-friendly and designed for optimal energy efficiency.  Read More


Become a Blower Door Technician

Interested in becoming a Level 1 Blower Door Technician? You're in luck - our first training course of the season is May 13-17, 2024 and is the first step on your journey for your certification! Click the link below to register and get started on becoming an ABAA certified blower door technician: Register here    


Our world is in a state of emergency!

A glimpse of the EU New European Bauhaus: Our world is in a state of emergency! We all failed to prevent climate change, let’s succeed in mitigating it. Sebastian Moreno-Vacca presented how a new narrative in architecture as regenerative design can heal what’s left. Thank you Paperjam for the invitation. Read More


Improve your competences on #PassiveHouse construction sites – commissioning

If you are a Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant or Tradesperson looking for an additional qualification, this is for you! Improve your competencies on #PassiveHouse construction sites, including commissioning energy-efficient buildings and the certification process of Passive House / EnerPHit projects! Join PHI's upcoming Construction Verifier / Site Supervisor online course in June 2024! The early bird discount is valid until May 1, 2024! For registration and further information, click on…


The Beacon receives NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award

  👂Have you heard??? Our pipeline project, The Beacon is a NYSERDA Round 4 Buildings of Excellence winner! This means not only 280+ affordable, climate future-proof homes in East Harlem, but a fully-renovated multi-service center focusing on health, wellness, and economic opportunity to boot! Read More