Europe’s first uninhabitable Capital

I recently read a piece in the New York Times that shocked me. The article was about the fires that raged all over Greece last month and it posited the idea that “Athens could become Europe’s first uninhabitable capital city.” In the wake of the fires, the Greek government stated that the climate crisis is upon us. Joe Biden said the same thing just this week after visiting hurricane-ravaged parts…


NY City Council Int. 2317-2021 Promotes Building Electrification

[caption id="attachment_20670" align="alignleft" width="198"] Casa Celina, Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC[/caption] NYC is now the largest city in the U.S. to propose legislation relating to the electrification of buildings. On May 27, 2021, the NY City Council introduced Int. 2317-2021, which promotes the electrification of new and substantially retrofitted buildings. The bill will become effective two years after its enactment, and includes important exemptions; for example, the use of emergency…


A Brutalist building by a Bauhaus master is reborn as a net-zero hotel

By Nate Berg After sitting vacant for decades, a gem of Brutalist modern architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, is being given a second life. And it’s surprisingly energy efficient. Built to house the Armstrong Rubber Company, and later tiremaker Pirelli, the former office building has been redesigned into a 165-room hotel by the architecture and development company Becker + Becker. Unlike most adaptations of Brutalist concrete buildings – and very…


New Product: How To Use The AEROFIXX Spray And Seal Airtightness Tool

The AEROFIXX spray and seal application tool makes quick work of difficult and hard-to-reach air sealing jobs. It connects to standard compressors to easily apply liquid-applied airtight membranes anywhere from wall or ceiling surfaces to hard-to-reach gaps. The AEROFIXX is for use with VISCONN and VISCONN FIBRE sausages which is compatible with both interior and exterior application. VISCONN can be applied to CMU, masonry, and junctions, and cures into a…


Zola Windows Selected Green Builder Hot 50 Products 2021

Green Builder Hot 50 Products 2021: ThermoPlus uPVC was selected as one of Green Builders 50 Products they feel raise the sustainability bar. "Anyone with a thought on Passive House, net zero or large multifamily developments should take a look at Zola's foam-insulated ThermoPlus uPVC windows." For more information on ThermoPlus uPVC, see our website. Read the full article on Green Builders website. Read More >  


L+M Development Partners 2021 Award Finalist “Excellence In Affordable Housing Development”

Beach Green Dunes II Queens, NY Developer: L+M Development Partners Owner: BGN II Owners LLC & BGNII Housing Development Fund Corporation Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP Beach Green Dunes II is a mixed-use affordable rental housing project located in the Edgemere neighborhood of Far Rockaway, Queens. The eight-story building measures approximately 121,000 square feet and includes 127 fully occupied residential units that are affordable to low- and moderate-income households…


ROCKWOOL’s second U.S. factory begins commercial production

Official start of commercial operations signifies first post-pandemic increase of stone wool insulation manufacturing capacity in the North American market RANSON, WV (July 7, 2021) – ROCKWOOL North America has begun commercial production of stone wool insulation products at its newest U.S. manufacturing facility, located in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The state-of-the-art factory produces ROCKWOOL’s residential, commercial and industrial stone wool insulation and marks North America’s first post-pandemic increase in…


It’s not even August and we’ve already used up the Earth’s resources for the year

By Kristin Toussaint There’s five months left of the year 2021, yet we’ve already used up our annual ecological budget—the amount of timber, food, forests to suck up CO2 and other resources we demand of our planet that it can regenerate within a year. Our Earth can only sustainably provide so much, and each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date by which we’ve used up that amount. After Earth…


Project Spotlight: Casa Celina, Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC

Location: Bronx, NY Client: JASA, Xenolith, Kretchmer Companies Type: Affordable Senior Housing Size: 136,000 SF Units: 205 The winning RFP proposal for NYCHA’s Sotomayor Houses in the Soundview section of the Bronx (and named in honor of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s mother, Celina Baez) this 16-story building will offer affordable senior units. Approximately 3,350 square feet of community space will be accessible to NYCHA residents and the surrounding community. The…


The early bird gets the discount !

Take the opportunity and book your conference ticket by today before the summer break for an attractive early bird price. ONE ticket for ALL! Your ticket -> to all live events of the 25th International Passive House Conference in the Historische Stadthalle in Wuppertal and ONLINE -> to the recordings of all lectures and excursions until the end of September -> to the Passive House exhibition ONLINE from 1 September and on-site during the…


Exhibition Open Call – Built Environment Virtual Pavilion for COP26

Overview COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, is a critical moment in the fight against climate change. It takes place in November 2021, and the eyes of the world will be on the host city, Glasgow. Covid-19 travel restrictions may reduce the number of delegates able to attend COP in person. To mitigate risk and enable maximum participation in COP26, regardless of the status of the physical Conference, an unprecedented…


Recording | Town Hall – Climate Mobilization – ACT NOW

   NYPH invites you to reimagine the future of New York City buildings at a Passive House Town Hall. The event will include presentations and panel discussions featuring key policy-makers, designers, and developers, as well as interactive sessions addressing the urgency of Local Law 97. The Town Hall will explore Passive House as a strategy for reaching the landmark legislation’s efficiency mandates while making the city more equitable and…