Climate protection at the municipal level – a ten-point program for the building sector

The Passive House Institute issues a position paper for municipalities to act on global climate protection. Darmstadt, Germany  March 13, 2014 Climate protection at municipal level: ten-point plan for the building sector Position paper of the Passive House Institute regarding the use of Passive House technology as a contribution to climate protection in the building sector for cities and communities. Climate change affects us all. In order to effectively tackle…


Renewable Energy in a Passive House: New PHI Classifications

While "Net Zero Energy" is a seemingly simple concept, in reality calculating the energy balance of a building requires complex accounting. Photovoltaic panels produce most of their electricity during summer days, while buildings consume energy all the time, especially during cold nights. The Passive House Institute (PHI) takes Net Zero to the next level by accounting for energy storage requirements and making sure that wasteful buildings can't simply add huge PV arrays to claim "Net…


NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo

Green Building Conference Sets Its Sights High June 17th, 2014 in New York City Passive House is a building standard that promises 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage compared with existing building stock. Proponents of the standard cite energy savings, comfort, health, and affordability among the reasons Passive House is gaining traction among green building and energy specialists. Translated as “Passive House” in English from the German “Passivhaus”, the name…


Large Multifamily Passive House in Frankfurt

[op-online.de] With the slogan "Housing for All", the first step of an ambitious project to create a new city neighborhood "Kulturcampus Frankfurt" is underway in Germany. The developer ABG is constructing the 193 units—114 rentals and 79 condos—to the Passive House standard in a mixed-use building that includes parking and a supermarket for about $100 million.   Gregory Duncan is a VP of NYPH and principal of Duncan Architect PLLC


18th International Passive House Conference 2014

Registration for the 2014 International Passive House Conference (25 - 26 April, Aachen, Germany), is in full swing. An exciting line up of speakers, a vibrant exhibition and a series of guided tours to Passive House buildings are drawing Passive House professionals and stakeholders from around the world. Discounted early bird rates available until the 28 February - don't miss out! iPHA Members are additionally eligible for substantial discounts, especially…


Mamaroneck Passive House in the News

New York Passive House board member Andreas Benzing designed a luxury home renovation in Mamaroneck, NY to the EnerPHit Passive House retrofit standards. A local CBS news reporter toured the house, and you can see the video here. You can find more information about this project and other Passive House projects in New York State in the International Passive House Database. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  


Imagine Passive House

Conjure an image of home.  Of your elementary school.  Of your office.   They’re familiar.   Now imagine your own Passive House.  More difficult, right?   But what if Passive House can describe a school, an apartment building, a factory, an office or a home?  And it does.  What if Passive House design can be modern, historical, vernacular, high and low design.   And it can.  What if the “House” in…


Why Passive House?

Building to the Passive House Standard[1] reduces our buildings’ operational energy demand to an optimized extent through passive measures and components such as insulation, airtightness, heat recovery, solar heat gains, solar shading and incidental internal heat gains.   Passive House reliably delivers up to approximately a 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a 75% reduction in overall primary energy demand when compared to our existing building stock.[2]…


New Book: The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design

The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design (Princeton Architectural Press) Last week Amazon Editors' announced the Best Architecture Books for 2013 and The Greenest Home made # 6! Author Julie Torres Moskovitz is a member of New York Passive House. The book highlights 18 Passive House case studies primarily in North America and a project range of new construction and retrofit projects. The book features photographs and drawings of…


Talking Transition: join NYPH and Urban Green Council to help make the Mayoral transition count

How do you think Mayor De Blasio should promote sustainable, healthy and resilient buildings? For the first time in 12 years, New Yorkers will have a new mayor. It’s time to start Talking Transition. Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City to help shape the next mayor’s goals and strategies. Whether you’re a lifelong New Yorker or you’ve just arrived, everyone has a unique vision…


Passive House Living

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,…


What is Passive House?

Passive House is a building standard.  It is a voluntary international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany – referred to also as The Passive House Standard.   The Passive House Standard is composed of several strict performance requirements for new building construction.  For the renovation of existing buildings PHI developed a similar if slightly more lenient performance standard.   The resulting performance represents a roughly…