27th International Passive House Conference and Exhibition: Early bird offers extended!

The early bird offer for the 27th International Passive House Conference and Exhibition has been extended! Book your conference ticket and/or exhibition booth by 4 February 2024 to benefit from our special early bird offers! Naturally, you will get an iPHA discount as well! Ad­ap­ted to your in­di­vidu­al needs, we now also of­fer an ex­ten­ded range of stand op­tions at the Passive House Exhibition. Check out the updated exhibition sketch!…


Partel revolutionises ECO membranes with a new product launch

We are excited to announce the official launch of our two new paper-based ECO membrane products: IZOPERM Plus ECO – a paper-based sustainable vapor control layer membrane & VARA Plus ECO is a paper-based smart ecological vapor control layer membrane. They promote eco-responsible and environmentally conscious construction methods with a solid focus on facilitating a lower environmental impact in buildings. Providing a solution for internal applications, improving internal air quality,…


The original structural thermal break turns 40

This month, Schöck celebrates the 40th anniversary of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks. Eberhard Schöck, the company's founder, revolutionized the construction industry in 1983 with his invention for minimizing thermal bridges on projecting components, such as balconies, canopies, and parapets. The load-bearing thermal insulation element broke ground regarding building physics, economy, and design. "The invention of Schöck Isokorb® structural thermal breaks was one of the most important milestones in the company's…


The Pro Clima Advantage

Pro Clima is a world leader in airtight systems that simultaneously optimize air and moisture control, manufacturing vapor intelligent membranes, adhesives, tapes, and more. They developed and sold the world’s first smart vapor retarders under the brand ‘B.I. Baupappen started in 1985 and has continued to innovate cutting-edge ecological building materials ever since. 475 High Performance Building Supply has proudly been the exclusive supplier of Pro Clima products in North…


Alpen Retrofit Window Project Receives Department of Energy’s Retro 30 Award

Pacific Tower retrofit was recognized as the 1st secondary window upgrade project in the US to achieve 30%+ building shell performance improvement. LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Alpen High Performance Products (Alpen), the leading American manufacturer of high efficiency window technologies for commercial and residential markets, today announced a retrofit project, the Pacific Tower in Vancouver, WA, as a recipient of the Department of Energy’s 2023 Retro 30…


Partner Darby Curtis, Appointed to the AIA Academy of Architecture Justice Knowledge Community Leadership Group

Partner Darby Curtis, AIA has been appointed to the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Knowledge Community Leadership Group. Darby’s work on justice-informed design over the last 30 years has focused on publicly funded projects with nonprofits committed to serving those affected by the criminal justice system. Read More


Deep retrofit and everyone benefits

Darmstadt, Germany. Retrofits are the key to climate protection in the building sector. To support the uptake of retrofit solutions, the Passive House Institute's 27th International Passive House Conference will take place with a focus on significantly improving the energy performance of existing buildings to the EnerPHit standard. The conference will take place from April 5 to April 7 in Innsbruck, Austria, including a Passive House specialists' exhibition. The conference…


BURNT ANGLE HOUSE

This new ground-up home was designed as a retirement home for two Michiganders. The goals of the project were to meet Passive House standards, while incorporating some site generated power and a greenhouse and garden, while taking advantage of a narrow view to Lake Michigan and the uniquely sloped and wooded site.  Learn More >


Stainless Steel DURUS trays mark a new era of performance in brick trays.

Rainscreen Assembly and Water Management Care is taken to allow for as much egress of water and moisture management as possible. The environment for a rainscreen façade assembly can be at times wet, cold, or dry. Each DURUS tray has uniform and continuous drainage holes that will provide maximum egress of incidental moisture and water.  The two-inch-wide cavity creates continuous convection air flow within the cavity to keep components as…


Alpen Retrofit Window Project Receives Department of Energy’s Retro 30 Award

Pacific Tower retrofit recognized as the 1st secondary window upgrade project in the US to achieve 30%+ building shell performance improvement. LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Alpen High Performance Products (Alpen), the leading American manufacturer of high efficiency window technologies for commercial and residential markets, today announced a retrofit project, the Pacific Tower in Vancouver, WA, as a recipient of the Department of Energy’s 2023 Retro 30 Award.…


Future Housing Initiative: Project Progress & Next Phase Launch

  December 1, 2023 Bright Power and Building Energy Exchange joined forces to launch The Future Housing Initiative—an endeavor to help drive the transition to low-carbon, multifamily housing with real world data and analysis of building performance. The Future Housing Initiative is aimed at creating a national, equity-centered database of real-world performance data on low-carbon multifamily buildings. It will include important metrics such as the resident quality of life, health,…


WHY VENTILATE?

To bring in oxygen. All living beings consume oxygen. Breathing turns oxygen into carbon dioxide (CO2), which can cause headaches, tiredness and concentration issues. Ventilation removes carbon dioxide from the house while introducing fresh air. To control humidity. Human activity creates humidity (breathing, baths, showers, cooking, laundry). For example, a family of four can release about 20 litres of water vapour in the air of the home every day. Excess…