Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy

The International Passive House Association (iPHA) launched a campaign—"Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy"—with the goal "to raise awareness for the vital role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting our climate goals." The iPHA is a global network of 22 affiliate organizations promoting the concept of Passive House; it has been promoting energy efficiency for its entire existence—it is the raison d'être of the movement. The new campaign raised some…


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 >


Hybrid Conference | Passive House For All

NYPH is proud to announce its Conference Partnership with the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) for its upcoming 2021 Conference on June 10-11. This will be a hybrid conference , with in-person and virtual available As a Conference Partner, NYPH will provide volunteer assistance during the conference and will solicit NYC projects, under construction or completed, that may be available for NAPHN’s in-person open houses on Saturday June 12.…


High-rise Passive House in NYC

By Lisa DiCaprio, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club NYC Group Photo Courtesy of Handel Architects NYC is leading in high-rise Passive House design and construction. On November 1, 2017, the Passive House Institute certified the 26-story Passive House residential building on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which is now the largest and tallest Passive House building in the world. Handel Architects, based in NYC, designed the building. [1] The…


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…


Happy Birthday, Passive House !

Passive House now 30 years old –pioneering work paves the way for energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. Passive House is celebrating its 30th birthday this year!Starting as an experiment,great credit can be given to this pioneering project by Professor Wolfgang Feist: at a time when only very few people thought about climate protection, it paved the way for energy efficiency in buildings. Today, the Passive House Standard has been implemented throughout…


Architects Focus | Retrofit Solutions and Design Opportunities

 Presenter: Michael Ingui Ed May Program Overview: Join us as Ed May and Michael Ingui present current designs, techniques, and approaches to the historic masonry retrofits they are currently working on. Learning Objectives: Understand how Passive House consultants approach building evaluation, design and certification. Gain Familiarity with the basic workflow of Passive House design and modeling as well as the critical tools used in assessing Passive House performance. Opportunities…


Today is an AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY

Re-thinking your transportation choices can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make New York's air healthier. Today is an AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY Do Your Part: Your Choices Make A Difference! Use sustainable transportation options like telework, walking or biking. Combine trips for your essential trips. Refuel after dark to prevent releasing pollutants into the air that react with sunlight. Don’t top off your tank. Doing so could damage your…


Product Showcase | Thermally-Broken Shelf Angles

 Presenters: Adam Kimble, Sales Director with Michael Ross, Senior Technical Advisor moderating Q&A (bios below) Short description: This presentation will focus on thermally-efficient methods for masonry cladding supports that promote the Passive House Building Standard, LEED and Green Building requirements for continuous insulation in above-grade wall assemblies that are becoming more common to continue to shift the industry toward more stringent thermal performance standards. Understanding the impacts of conventional…


Passive House with Fiberglass and Mineral Wool

Background This marketing piece will highlight residential single-family homes built to the passive house standard affordably using fiber glass and mineral wool insulation. The piece will be modeled after an existing NAIMA literature piece, High Performance at the Right Price, which highlights four ways fiberglass batts were used in new home construction to achieve outstanding thermal performance. Introduction Passive House construction is designed to be highly energy efficient, with the…