“High cholesterol building”, Urban Green Council July Report

At NYPH we like this July report from Urban Green Council, named "High cholesterol building". A really great study that outline the current problems with today’s building envelopes, issues with how they are regulated, and the solutions we can pursue now.   "What's a high cholesterol building? One that’s on a fad diet today but will have severe environmental problems in the future. It turns out there’s a loophole in our energy code that…


Leading Beyond LEED: NYC Buildings and the Evolving Fight to Consume Less Energy

Here is an article written by Tobias Salinger from the Commercial Observer on the Passive House Revolution in New York City:   "One of the country’s first hyper-efficient affordable multifamily passive houses was failing a basic evaluation early this month and nobody on architect Chris Benedict’s Architecture and Energy Limited team could figure out why. When the innovative foam-and-stucco structure at 803 Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick couldn’t hold up to the blower…


Architects and Advocates Predict Passive Revolution

Hundreds of architects, builders and advocates called for residential and commercial buildings of all sizes to consume 75 percent less energy in order to live up to so-called “passive house” standards at a convention yesterday. The New York Passive House conference and expo at in the Flatiron district attracted both a local and international crowd of those interested in perfecting and popularizing the strict German specifications that make use of controlled ventilation, air-tight installation…


Passive House: also a maximum energy efficiency solution for hospitals

Key results of baseline study now available online on Passipedia (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 May 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive of building types. Here too, the Passive House Standard provides a solution that results in considerable savings. The time is ripe to take advantage of this finding. In Germany, for example, many of the some 2000 hospitals are currently in need of refurbishment – likely a familiar…


International Conference in Aachen shows solutions for maximum energy efficiency

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 30 April 2014:   "Once completed, a building often goes untouched over the course of decades; the energy standard to which it is designed or retrofitted is therefore crucial. At the 2014 International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany, which took place April 25-26, experts from all over the world showed how current construction practices can be made fit for the future. Recent progress on highly energy efficient…


Mamaroneck Passive House

"I have now been living in our brand new passive house for 3 weeks and wish to report my first impressions: Peace, bliss, silence, fresh air, no draft, no headache: WOW, it actually does what it says on the box! What was a bit destabilizing in the beginning is that you do not hear anything at all: no furnace igniting like a truck has started moving in your crawl space,…


Gain free access to the iPHA Forum

Through our affiliation with the International Passive House Association, New York Passive House members are also iPHA members. Access to the Forum is included as a member benefit. Now iPHA is expanding access to include PassREg members. See their press release below: Where Passive House Stakeholders meet The forum of the International Passive House Association (iPHA) serves as the international gathering place for discussions on all things Passive House. Traditionally…


BuildingEnergy NYC 14 Request for Proposals is now open!

        We are happy to  announce that NESEA is now accepting proposals for  BE NYC 14, scheduled for October 16th, 2014 at the Time Life Center. They will be accepting proposals until Friday, April 25. Please note that they will not be offering workshops at BE NYC this year, so all proposals submitted must be for 90 minute sessions. You can find more information and start a proposal by…


Free screening: “Passive House Revolution”, Mon. April 14 in LIC

Free Screening of Documentary on Super-Efficient Buildings, Monday, April 14, 7 PM Coffeed, 37-18 Northern Blvd., LIC, NY 11101 Note: This is a Resilience NYC Meetup Event Resilience NYC Meetup hosts a free screening of documentary "Passive House Revolution," its NYC premiere. Special guest after the screening is architect Tom Paino, who turned his LIC home into a super-efficient but controversial Passive House. It's part of a series of sustainability film…


Component Award proves Passive House windows profitable

Twelve winners to be honoured at the International Passive House Conference (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 3 April 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of the first ever Passive House Component Award have been selected and a total of twelve Passive House windows will receive recognition. The real winners, however, are the building owners, for the results of this international competition demonstrate that it is possible to save money with highly efficient…


New York and Philadelphia Projects among Finalists for Passive House Award 2014

Designers from around the world are honored as finalists for the international Passive House design award, including our friends in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Philadelphia. Congratulations!   Passive House Award 2014: Finalists confirmed   Winners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 28 March 2014) Darmstadt, Germany. The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard…


AAVs (Air Admittance Valves)

[caption id="attachment_2579" align="alignright" width="80"] AAV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2581" align="alignright" width="80"] TYPICAL VENT STACK[/caption] Venting of plumbing fixtures has been a standard in the design and construction of plumbing systems in New York City buildings for almost a century. Vented plumbing stacks are required to maintain a water seal in a fixture's trap, the U-shaped section of pipe below a sink, which creates an air lock that prevents the entrance of sewer gasses. Without the trap's water…