Candela Lofts

  Candela Lofts Installs Structural Thermal Breaks Meeting Passive House Standards HOBOKEN, NJ—Built on the site of a former two-story candelabra factory, Candela Lofts is the first luxury, multi-family building in the New York Metropolitan area built to international Passive House standards. The 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m), seven-story structure offers nine two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury loft residences from 1,545 to 3,400 sq ft (144 to 316 m2). The…


T H E H E R I T A G E

Dextall's goal to help reduce greenhouse gas emission is in action with the Heritage project. An interesting fact is this project is entered in the Empire Building Challenge Competition. One of the primary challenges of the project is to minimize disruption to the tenants. Dextall’s prefab wall systems are installed from the exterior of the building and do not require scaffolding or staging Once completed, 1660 Madison Avenue will feature…


Before & After: RedBrick Developers Passive House

This Brooklyn Heights Greek Revival Rowhouse lived a number of lives since it was originally built in 1846. Throughout the home’s early years, a series of additions and renovations at the rear of the house created an eclectic collection of spaces. Since 1951, the family of architect Herbert Kaufman owned the home, until our client purchased it. They used it as a three-family building with an owner’s triplex on the…


PARTEL INTRODUCES ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS FOR AIRTIGHT MEMBRANES IN BUILDING TRANSPARENCY

Partel has become the first manufacturer of building envelope systems in Ireland to publish Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for air and windtight membranes. With these third-party reviewed EPDs, it’s now possible to measure our product´s environmental performance and impact on the overall project. This action is part of our commitment to the responsible performance of buildings and sustainable production processes. The first Partel products to attain the Environmental Product Declaration…


New Passive House Project Could Be a Model For Office Buildings

The idea of Passive House first took shape in the U.S. and Canada as a solution to the oil embargo in the early 1970s. Architects and engineers, faced with an energy shortage, started exploring ways to use less energy in homes they built. Fast-forward to the late 1980s, Swedish engineer Bo Adamson and German physicist Wolfgang Feist began discussing what would later become the Passive House standard and, in 1996,…


Use It Rate It Win It

Enter for a chance to win one of two Monthly Prizes of $250* in the ROCKWOOL "Use It Rate It Win It" Sweepstakes From May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023, submit a review for any of the participating products – ROCKWOOL Safe'n'Sound®, ROCKWOOL Comfortbatt® or ROCKWOOL Comfortboard® 80 and all eligible reviews will be entered into a monthly draw for a chance to win one of two $250 gift…



Sustainability in NYC Buildings, Avenue 8

  KEY TAKEAWAYS Local Law 97 – recently enacted legislation that tackles emissions from NYC’s largest carbon emitting sector – is big news. Local Law 97 is a first-of-its-kind legislation enacted as part of New York City’s 2019 Climate Mobilization Act that caps carbon emissions that large buildings can release each year without paying a penalty. The carbon emissions limits take effect in 2024 and become increasingly stringent thereafter. Buildings…


The House at Cornell Tech, Student Residence Tower

Project Highlights High performance, eco-friendly, urban building Tallest Passive House high-rise in the world at the time of completion Thermal breaks separated louvered HVAC rooms on each floor to isolate them from the conditioned interior Used to meet requirements for continuous insulation and reduce heat loss World’s Tallest Passive House Pushes Environmental Envelope with Help of Structural Thermal Breaks  Roosevelt Island, New York City – At 26 stories, The House at…


“If You Don’t Like Foam, Just Don’t Use It”

This is a post written by one of 475 High Performance Building Supply customer's and their first hand experience of building a high performance tiny house on wheels using 475 High Performance Building Supply product consulting and materials. "Hi everyone, My name is Carmine, I’m from Italy and since 2018 I’ve lived in New Hampshire with my wife Kyle. Over the last three years we designed and built a movable…


Interview with Eng. Heba Abdel-Halim: Women Driving the Passive House Industry

Women Driving the Passive House Industry is iPHA’s interview series to highlight the remarkable women working in the Passive House community. As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, the iPHA team interviewed a handful of the many women who’ve contributed substantially to the growth of the Passive House Standard around the world. Here’s our newest interview featuring Eng. Heba Abdel-Halim. Heba is a Certified Passive House Designer, Lecturer Assistant, and PhD.…


Natural gas and climate protection

Germany seems particularly affected by the necessity of reducing the consumption of Russian gas. There is a lot of talk about how exactly this has come about and who was responsible for this. Here I will only point out ways to quickly and effectively get out of the “double bind” situation which some commentators seem to see here: reducing dependence on natural gas and reducing CO2 emissions at the same…