Leading Belgian Architect, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, to keynote NY Passive House Conference

Press Release, New York City, PRWEB, May 27, 2015 Brussels building revolution sets example for New York City carbon reduction efforts The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo will make the case that Passive House is uniquely suited to helping achieve New York City's low-carbon future. Photo Credit: A2M “Exhibit A” will be the revolutionary progress enacted in Brussels, Belgium. In 2007, at the time a city of…


Passive House Institute also focuses on maximising energy efficiency for hot water / PHI Press Release

German manufacturer receives the first-ever certificates for drain water heat recovery (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 May 2015) "Darmstadt, Germany. For millions of people, a hot shower in the morning is an essential part of modern life – but it also consumes a lot of energy. In order to contribute to increased efficiency in this area, the Passive House Institute has introduced certification criteria for systems for heat recovery…


New York Passive House Conference to Highlight NYC Mayor’s Plan, One City: Built To Last

  The New York Passive House Conference & Expo set for June 11th, 2015 New York City, NY (PRESS RELEASE) May 06, 2015   The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo is set to take place June 11, 2015 in Manhattan at 125 West 18th Street and promises to make the case that Passive House is uniquely suited to helping achieve New York City's low-carbon future. New York…


International Passive House Conference 2015

The 19th Annual International Passive House conference (#iPHC19) was held in Leipzig, Germany on April 17th and 18th.  With large contingents attending from North America and China, as well as an emerging group of practitioners stretching across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Portugal, the global effort of Passive House was palpable. The project types continue to expand, from factories, to office complexes to day-care centers, as did the details, from…



NY Times launches Passive House above the fold

The NY Times has just made its latest installment on the progress of Passive House in New York.  And unlike so much other news these days today - with Passive House the news is good!   The article, "The Passive Principle" in print, appears above the fold on the cover of the Sunday Times Real Estate Section, and online is titled "The Passive House in New York".  Written by Alison Gregor, it conveys many important developments.…


“One New York City Rowhouse takes on a changing climate” – Sierra Magazine article.

Article from Lindsay Abrams from the Sierra Magazine.   Published in the March/April 2015 issue of Sierra Magazine     One New York City Rowhouse takes on a changing climate "It was only supposed to be a refurbishment. Then the city informed architect Thomas Paino and his partner, Peter Johnson, that their 1903 row house in Long Island City, Queens, would need to be raised three feet above the floodplain because…


Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

Evaluation of efficiency takes place according to renewable primary energy system (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 19 March 2015) [Note: See GreenBuildingAdvisor report on the new certification standards here.] "Darmstadt, Germany. Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute introduces two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the…


PHIUS-BSC Climate-Specific Proposal is Incomplete

The recent proposal by PHIUS and BSC to create what is being described as ‘a passive building standard adaptation for the U.S.’ is being widely promoted and distributed to various journals, publications and cities for adoption. Here is a critique - one of a growing number of articles expressing concern over this proposal. But first let's clarify some important distinctions between the definition of ‘Passive House’ and the Passive House Standard.  These are confusing constructs, so…


Built to Last: Passive House Conference & Expo

  Built to Last: Passive House. June 11, New York City This one day event will demonstrate how Passive House can help you make a New York that is built to last. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy to reduce city-wide carbon emissions 80% by 2050 in his plan One City: Built to Last, has set the course for effective climate change mitigation and resilient adaptation. Passive House is the one building…


A Review of Ventilation in Proposed PHIUS Standard

Below are comments made to the PHIUS review committee by Barry Stephens of Zehnder America.  Reprinted here with permission. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In reviewing the Climate Specific Passive Building Standards, I encounter some glaring deficiencies. Although there is a lack of detail in the draft with regards to H/ERVs and ventilation, it can be determined that there is no actual standard being used to quantify energy efficiency and/or energy recovery that correlates…


8th Street: EnerPHit project on a Historic Brooklyn Brownstone.

This Passive House retrofit in Park Slope, Brooklyn, certified under the EnerPHit retrofit standards, was designed to maintain the home’s existing turn of the century brownstone façade and its existing footprint. The renovated three and a half story house now includes multiple living spaces, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. While almost a complete gut renovation, the design was able to incorporate the installation of a continuous air barrier and the…