NAPHN15 Conference & Expo – Register Before August for Best Price

There are many reasons to attend NAPHN15 October 1-2 in Vancouver BC.  It has the best Passive House program of any building conference in the Western Hemisphere - ever: http://naphn15.canphi.ca/schedule/.  No fluff.  No BS. Early bird ticket sale ends August 1st so don't wait and register here. 38 speakers confirmed - Passive House designers, builders, sustainability experts and policy advisors from around the world Keynote speaker - Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Director for Centre…


Brooklyn’s R-951: NYC’s First Building to Achieve Passive House Certification AND Net Zero Energy-Ready Certification

The R-951 Residence, a row house with three 1500-ft2 duplex condos that was designed by Paul Castrucci Architect, is the first building in New York City to achieve both Passive House Certification and the Net Zero Energy-Ready certification set by NYSERDA. Beautifully constructed, the building is clean, quiet, and comfortable in all seasons. Designed for resiliency, the thermal bridge-free, high performance building envelope was constructed using an insulated concrete form (ICF)…


Call for Papers for the International Passive House Conference 2016

Forum for energy efficient construction returns to Darmstadt on its anniversary (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 29 July 2015) "Darmstadt, Germany. Big anniversary for the International Passive House Conference: from 22 to 23 April 2016 this central event for energy efficient construction will take place for the twentieth time running. Experts from around the world can now submit their abstracts for the conference program. A special focus of the event…


NAPHN Passive House Windows Workshop Series

The Windows of Change are Blowing When the first Passive House was built in Darmstadt, Germany, there was not a single window on the market that met the stringent Passive House performance requirements. Fast forward to today, and the situation is vastly different: a robust European market with over 200 certified Passive House window products. In Canada and the US, the Passive House market is heating up. With countless low,…


Passive House Meets Net Zero – Zeroing In On Energy Efficiency

  If you missed Passive House Meets Net Zero, you still have a chance to listen to a recorded streaming of the event! This education event, co-hosted with Ontario Passive House Group, focused on Net Zero Energy Homes and Buildings. Participants learned about the work of the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany, which has spent the last few years tackling the question what does it mean to be "Net…


China’s first Passive House office building now certified

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 2 July 2015 China’s first Passive House office building now certified Local stakeholders turning increasingly to energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries’ first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua…



Cornell’s New Campus Breaks Ground and Passive House is Main Attraction

Cornell Groundbreaking from 475 HPBS on Vimeo. "This spring we said “Passive House Poised To Go Big.” Now we’re saying “Passive House Is Going Big.” On June 16th, Cornell Tech held a groundbreaking ceremony on Roosevelt Island. While the event took place to announce Bloomberg Philanthropies $100Mil gift to the new campus, the “BOOM!” heard round the low-energy/high-performance world was news that the campus will have the world’s tallest Passive House.…


NY15PH: Passive House Conference Gains Momentum in New York

[caption id="attachment_4999" align="alignright" width="250"] Ken Levenson, Nilda Mesa, Josh Fox[/caption] New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s watershed report One City: Built to Last looks to Passive House standards to inform how New York might reach its goal of 80% carbon reductions by 2050.  In doing so it raised many questions: What might implementation look like?   What are the hurdles we see?  What are the opportunities? With over 450 participants, the 4th…


“Green Zones: Do Buyers Want Sustainable Buildings?” – Observer article

By Emily Nonko From the Observer:   [caption id="attachment_4922" align="alignright" width="300"] PHOTO CREDIT: Hayes Davidson[/caption] "Last winter, Carroll Gardens resident Laura Mackall didn’t turn the heat on in her home once. “We just didn’t need it,” she said, “And the house stayed between 68 and 70 degrees all winter.” Ms. Mackall lives in a four-story rowhouse that she retrofitted as a Passive House last year. She stumbled upon the notion,…


New York Passive House Conference to Present Hero Award to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Further Awards Announced for Passive House Pioneers Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford New York City (PRWEB) June 02, 2015 The 4th Annual New York Passive House (NYPH) Conference and Expo happening June 11th in New York City will begin with the presentation of two awards: The NY Passive House Pioneer Award and the NY Passive House Hero Award. The awards will be presented by Josh Fox, director and producer of…


Toronto Event: Passive House Meets Net Zero

Passive House Meets Net Zero Zeroing In On Energy Efficiency   Hosted by: CaGBC Toronto Chapter and Passive House Ontario Net Zero Energy Homes and Buildings are quickly capturing the imagination of homeowners, builders, and policy makers alike.  But what exactly does it mean to be "Net Zero"? The Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany has spent the last few years tackling this question.  Their work has confirmed that Energy Efficiency must…