Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments / Press Release

Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments Winners to be presented at International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig   (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 12 November 2014)   Darmstadt, Germany. Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but since refurbishment work is often carried out in a step-by-step manner, flexible approaches are required. In order to acknowledge particularly suitable products, the…



See The Future of Low Carbon Building in Vancouver: NAPHN15 Conf & Expo

The 2015 North American Passive House Conference & Expo will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 1st and 2nd (Press release, NAPHN, Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) November 06, 2014)   The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is pleased to announce that the 2015 NAPHN Conference & Expo (NAPHN15) will take place October 1st and 2nd in Vancouver, Canada. It will follow the success of the NAPHN14 conference held…



The Future of New York City Buildings On Display During Passive House Days

Unprecedented number of Passive House buildings will be open to public in New York City region November 7 – 9, hosted by New York Passive House Press Release October 31, 2014 International Passive House Days is an annual global event that provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience the Passive House building standard, the leading standard in ultra-low energy, high-performance construction. Over 20 Passive House projects will be open to…


NAPHN14 in Maine, Martin and a Few Inches of Sub-Slab Insulation

This is a guest blog post by Bronwyn Barry, a CPHD, Passive House California Board Member, and Co-President of the North American Passive House Network. October 3, 2014 This past weekend saw a lively debate on Twitter between Martin Holladay, myself and a few other Tweeps over what amounts to a few inches of insulation. It followed a very successful North American Passive House Network 2014 (NAPHN14) Conference & Expo…


NYPH Press release: Passive House standard central to New York City Mayor’s plan

PRESS RELEASE   Passive House standard central to New York City Mayor’s plan to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. New York Passive House endorses Mayor’s initiative to scale-up low-energy construction.   New York City October 01, 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new plan to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings by 2050 relies on Passive House as a guiding standard for new construction and existing building…


Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept.

Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept Inauguration of new Wilhelminian style Passive House building in Hamburg (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 25 August 2014)   Hamburg/Darmstadt, Germany. Traditional architectural style and the Passive House Standard work together beautifully – this is demonstrated by a fascinating new build project in Hamburg. The “Haus Winter”, designed in the traditional Wilhelminian style, blends seamlessly into the historical character of the district in which it…


Passive House technology and Net Zero strategies

Green 'Net Zero' Buildings Sound Great. What's The Catch? segment by Chris Mossa, ran on WNYC Radio August, 13th.  In it Passive House technology was compared favorably to a mild critique of Net Zero strategies and featuring architect Paul Castrucci, a NYPH member. Listen to the radio segment here: [audio mp3="http://nypassivehouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/news20140813_net_zero_mossa_intro.mp3"][/audio]   "When P.S. 62 opens in Staten Island a year from now, it may be the city's largest science experiment. It will be the first school…


Parsons graduate architecture students performing case studies of NYC buildings looking for partners

David White of Right Environments, a NYPH member and Parsons faculty, is looking for architects, developers, or building owners to partner with Parsons graduate architecture students performing case studies of NYC buildings.  They will be studying energy use, thermal comfort, air quality, and related building science subjects. The partner will meet with students to discuss the design approach and potential areas of study; provide drawings; and help coordinate permission for access to…


19th International Passive House Conference 2015 Leipzig

Call for Papers: The International Passive House Conference 2015 Forum for future-proof construction solutions on 17 and 18 April 2015 in Leipzig (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 1 August 2014)   Experts on energy efficient building and retrofitting can now submit their abstracts for the 19th International Passive House Conference. The deadline runs until 1 October, after which the best projects and solutions will be chosen for presentation on 17 and 18 April 2015 in…


Passive House and the Public Domain

If there is a question as to what it means to be a Passive House, please see the blog post “What is Passive House?”  But if there is a question as to the history of Passive House, the public domain and trademarks in the US, let’s review: The Passive House Institute (PHI), founded in the early 1990s, filed for the trademark “Passive House Institute” and its mark in 2007, and…