“High cholesterol building”, Urban Green Council July Report

At NYPH we like this July report from Urban Green Council, named "High cholesterol building". A really great study that outline the current problems with today’s building envelopes, issues with how they are regulated, and the solutions we can pursue now.   "What's a high cholesterol building? One that’s on a fad diet today but will have severe environmental problems in the future. It turns out there’s a loophole in our energy code that…


Passive House: also a maximum energy efficiency solution for hospitals

Key results of baseline study now available online on Passipedia (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 May 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive of building types. Here too, the Passive House Standard provides a solution that results in considerable savings. The time is ripe to take advantage of this finding. In Germany, for example, many of the some 2000 hospitals are currently in need of refurbishment – likely a familiar…


International Conference in Aachen shows solutions for maximum energy efficiency

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 30 April 2014:   "Once completed, a building often goes untouched over the course of decades; the energy standard to which it is designed or retrofitted is therefore crucial. At the 2014 International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany, which took place April 25-26, experts from all over the world showed how current construction practices can be made fit for the future. Recent progress on highly energy efficient…


Gain free access to the iPHA Forum

Through our affiliation with the International Passive House Association, New York Passive House members are also iPHA members. Access to the Forum is included as a member benefit. Now iPHA is expanding access to include PassREg members. See their press release below: Where Passive House Stakeholders meet The forum of the International Passive House Association (iPHA) serves as the international gathering place for discussions on all things Passive House. Traditionally…


BuildingEnergy NYC 14 Request for Proposals is now open!

        We are happy to  announce that NESEA is now accepting proposals for  BE NYC 14, scheduled for October 16th, 2014 at the Time Life Center. They will be accepting proposals until Friday, April 25. Please note that they will not be offering workshops at BE NYC this year, so all proposals submitted must be for 90 minute sessions. You can find more information and start a proposal by…


Component Award proves Passive House windows profitable

Twelve winners to be honoured at the International Passive House Conference (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 3 April 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of the first ever Passive House Component Award have been selected and a total of twelve Passive House windows will receive recognition. The real winners, however, are the building owners, for the results of this international competition demonstrate that it is possible to save money with highly efficient…


New York and Philadelphia Projects among Finalists for Passive House Award 2014

Designers from around the world are honored as finalists for the international Passive House design award, including our friends in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Philadelphia. Congratulations!   Passive House Award 2014: Finalists confirmed   Winners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 28 March 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard…


Climate protection at the municipal level – a ten-point program for the building sector

The Passive House Institute issues a position paper for municipalities to act on global climate protection. Darmstadt, Germany  March 13, 2014 Climate protection at municipal level: ten-point plan for the building sector Position paper of the Passive House Institute regarding the use of Passive House technology as a contribution to climate protection in the building sector for cities and communities. Climate change affects us all. In order to effectively tackle…


Renewable Energy in a Passive House: New PHI Classifications

While "Net Zero Energy" is a seemingly simple concept, in reality calculating the energy balance of a building requires complex accounting. Photovoltaic panels produce most of their electricity during summer days, while buildings consume energy all the time, especially during cold nights. The Passive House Institute (PHI) takes Net Zero to the next level by accounting for energy storage requirements and making sure that wasteful buildings can't simply add huge PV arrays to claim "Net…


Large Multifamily Passive House in Frankfurt

[op-online.de] With the slogan "Housing for All", the first step of an ambitious project to create a new city neighborhood "Kulturcampus Frankfurt" is underway in Germany. The developer ABG is constructing the 193 units—114 rentals and 79 condos—to the Passive House standard in a mixed-use building that includes parking and a supermarket for about $100 million.   Gregory Duncan is a VP of NYPH and principal of Duncan Architect PLLC


18th International Passive House Conference 2014

Registration for the 2014 International Passive House Conference (25 - 26 April, Aachen, Germany), is in full swing. An exciting line up of speakers, a vibrant exhibition and a series of guided tours to Passive House buildings are drawing Passive House professionals and stakeholders from around the world. Discounted early bird rates available until the 28 February - don't miss out! iPHA Members are additionally eligible for substantial discounts, especially…


Imagine Passive House

Conjure an image of home.  Of your elementary school.  Of your office.   They’re familiar.   Now imagine your own Passive House.  More difficult, right?   But what if Passive House can describe a school, an apartment building, a factory, an office or a home?  And it does.  What if Passive House design can be modern, historical, vernacular, high and low design.   And it can.  What if the “House” in…