Cornell’s New Campus Breaks Ground and Passive House is Main Attraction

Cornell Groundbreaking from 475 HPBS on Vimeo. "This spring we said “Passive House Poised To Go Big.” Now we’re saying “Passive House Is Going Big.” On June 16th, Cornell Tech held a groundbreaking ceremony on Roosevelt Island. While the event took place to announce Bloomberg Philanthropies $100Mil gift to the new campus, the “BOOM!” heard round the low-energy/high-performance world was news that the campus will have the world’s tallest Passive House.…


NY15PH: Passive House Conference Gains Momentum in New York

[caption id="attachment_4999" align="alignright" width="250"] Ken Levenson, Nilda Mesa, Josh Fox[/caption] New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s watershed report One City: Built to Last looks to Passive House standards to inform how New York might reach its goal of 80% carbon reductions by 2050.  In doing so it raised many questions: What might implementation look like?   What are the hurdles we see?  What are the opportunities? With over 450 participants, the 4th…


Passive House Institute also focuses on maximising energy efficiency for hot water / PHI Press Release

German manufacturer receives the first-ever certificates for drain water heat recovery (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 May 2015) "Darmstadt, Germany. For millions of people, a hot shower in the morning is an essential part of modern life – but it also consumes a lot of energy. In order to contribute to increased efficiency in this area, the Passive House Institute has introduced certification criteria for systems for heat recovery…


International Passive House Conference 2015

The 19th Annual International Passive House conference (#iPHC19) was held in Leipzig, Germany on April 17th and 18th.  With large contingents attending from North America and China, as well as an emerging group of practitioners stretching across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Portugal, the global effort of Passive House was palpable. The project types continue to expand, from factories, to office complexes to day-care centers, as did the details, from…


Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

Evaluation of efficiency takes place according to renewable primary energy system (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 19 March 2015) [Note: See GreenBuildingAdvisor report on the new certification standards here.] "Darmstadt, Germany. Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute introduces two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the…


Passive House Examples in Public Administration and Regulation

As the popularity of Passive House grows, more public agencies are acknowledging its utility and significance in their planning for a low-carbon future, and are officially incorporating Passive House references and terminology into there regulatory and administrative texts.   Some instances are dramatic mandates, such as building code requirements in Brussels Belgium; others are incentives, such as San Francisco’s option for an expedited planning process for Passive House buildings; while others are…


Number of certified Passive House square metres reaches one million mark / iPHA Press Release

Energy efficient construction standard now applied throughout the world (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 9 December 2014) "Darmstadt, Germany. Building owners throughout the world are increasingly turning to the Passive House Standard. This autumn the number of square metres that have been certified internationally based on the highly efficient standard reached one million. The symbolic threshold was crossed with the certification of a detached house in Santa Cruz in California,…


Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments / Press Release

Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments Winners to be presented at International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig   (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 12 November 2014)   Darmstadt, Germany. Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but since refurbishment work is often carried out in a step-by-step manner, flexible approaches are required. In order to acknowledge particularly suitable products, the…


The Future of New York City Buildings On Display During Passive House Days

Unprecedented number of Passive House buildings will be open to public in New York City region November 7 – 9, hosted by New York Passive House Press Release October 31, 2014 International Passive House Days is an annual global event that provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience the Passive House building standard, the leading standard in ultra-low energy, high-performance construction. Over 20 Passive House projects will be open to…


Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept.

Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept Inauguration of new Wilhelminian style Passive House building in Hamburg (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 25 August 2014)   Hamburg/Darmstadt, Germany. Traditional architectural style and the Passive House Standard work together beautifully – this is demonstrated by a fascinating new build project in Hamburg. The “Haus Winter”, designed in the traditional Wilhelminian style, blends seamlessly into the historical character of the district in which it…


19th International Passive House Conference 2015 Leipzig

Call for Papers: The International Passive House Conference 2015 Forum for future-proof construction solutions on 17 and 18 April 2015 in Leipzig (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 1 August 2014)   Experts on energy efficient building and retrofitting can now submit their abstracts for the 19th International Passive House Conference. The deadline runs until 1 October, after which the best projects and solutions will be chosen for presentation on 17 and 18 April 2015 in…


Passive House and the Public Domain

If there is a question as to what it means to be a Passive House, please see the blog post “What is Passive House?”  But if there is a question as to the history of Passive House, the public domain and trademarks in the US, let’s review: The Passive House Institute (PHI), founded in the early 1990s, filed for the trademark “Passive House Institute” and its mark in 2007, and…