PASSIVE HOUSE UPDATE – EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

On October 17, 2020, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Executive Committee voted unanimously to update its January 25, 2019 resolution on Passive House to highlight the public health as well as environmental rationales for promoting this green building design. The resolution, which I introduced, states: “It is the position of the Atlantic Chapter that all new buildings in NYS that receive any form of public financing and, optimally all new…


New York Passive House joins the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction as a Member

New York Passive House becomes the first US based Passive House Organization to joint the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) organized by the United Nations Environment Program. We joined the Work Areas Market Transformation, Building measurement, data and information and beyond. We are honored to work alongside the United Nations Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to advanced building energy efficiency and Passive House. See More >


Gas Free NYC Bill Introduced in the New York City Council

This bill would prohibit the combustion of a substance that emits 50 kilograms or more of carbon dioxide per million British thermal units of energy in any new building or any building that has undergone a major renovation. The bill provides an exception for emergency standby power, a hardship preventing compliance with the bill, where the combustion of the substance is required by certain enumerated industries, and where the combustion…


NYPH strongly opposes the inclusion of Part R and we urge the Governor, the NY State Assembly and the Senate to strike Part R from the State’s FY 2022 Budget.

Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie:Subject: Proposed Part R of TED Executive Budget (Deduction of Renewable Energy Credits in New York City)   New York Passive House is a building industry trade group committed to achieving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Our organization strongly opposes the inclusion of Part R in the Transportation, Economic Development, and Environmental Conservation Executive Budget and we urge the Governor, the…


NYPH statement on anti-AAPI violence and institutional racism

The recent violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is simply unacceptable. Sadly, it is only the latest manifestation of the destructive force on our communities of institutional racism. As design, engineering, and construction professionals, whose work is to create homes, offices, and communities that enhance human dignity and comfort, we have an obligation to speak up for civil rights and to act to dismantle systemic racism. New York Passive…


Minneapolis provides a incentive of up to 20% of total development costs for Passive House

The City’s Division of Sustainability has partnered with the Community Planning & Economic Development department to support the development of sustainably certified housing. The Office of Sustainability will provide financing in addition to Minneapolis Homes Financing (MHF) program commitments made through its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The pilot provides a needs-based incentive of up to 20% of total development costs – not to exceed $90,000 per unit – through…


NYPH members acknowledged in the NYC Energy Conservation Code 2020

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The New York City Department of Buildings gratefully acknowledges the following individuals who contributed to the development of the 2020 New York City Energy Conservation Code. Mayor Bill de Blasio Mayor of the City of New York Dean Fuleihan First Deputy Mayor, City of New York NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL Corey Johnson, Speaker Housing and Buildings Committee Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chair Members: Fernando Cabrera; Margaret S. Chin; Mark…


Passive House tool PHPP validated by ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2017

  In January 2019, the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) version 9.6 was evaluated in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140, a comparative testing method for building energy programs. Passive House Institute (PHI) The validation tests consist of a series of carefully described sample case building plans. Results from modelling different test cases with the software being tested are compared to those of reference software results. The class II test cases,…


New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh supports Passive House and PHPP

Brian Kavanagh, Senator, 26th District, September 18, 2019   I write to request that the New York City Department of Buildings give favorable consideration to including the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) as a Calculation software tool and alternative compliance path in the New York City Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYCECCC) to enhance energy efficiency in new construction and retrofit projects. PHPP is a set of design principles and a…


NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act

NAPHN Policy Resource Guide, June 2019. New York City’s recently adopted climate change bill was initiated by Costas Constantinides, a Queens Council member, in 2017 as Bill #1745. It was modified through the approval process and morphed into Bill # 1253, until it was approved by the City Council on April 18th and signed into law by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2019,…


Manhattan Borough President supports Passive House section of R408 in the NYStretch Energy Code

New York City, June 28, 2019 I am writing to you in support of the New York Passive House application and the expedited approval of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) as a calculation software tool and alternative compliance path for inclusion into the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYSECCC). It is also critical that the proposed Passive House section of R408 in the NYStretch Energy Code become…


New York City`s Green New Deal Announced

NEW YORK, April 22, 2019 — Mayor de Blasio today announced New York City's Green New Deal, a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts. It is comprised of $14 billion in new and committed investments, legislation and concrete action at the City level that will ensure a nearly 30 percent additional reduction in emissions by 2030. The laws and investments of New York City's Green…