RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE: PASSIVE HOUSE GROWS AT GREENBUILD 2013

Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, takes place November 18-23 in Philadelphia. This year's huge Passive House presence is a reflection of the growth of the Passive House standard in the US. GREENBUILD 2013 is to feature six presentations that focus on Passive House building, three building tours, and on the GREENBUILD EXPO floor there will be a PASSIVE HOUSE ZONE organized by the North American…


Passive House Tours at Greenbuild

The 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will feature tours of Passive House projects in Philadelphia on Monday, November 18 and Friday, November 22. Monday Afternoon Half-Day Tours: 2:00-6:00 pm TM06: Reimagining the Rowhome: New Housing Design in a Historic City Row homes comprise the majority of the building stock in Philadelphia, and innovative designers and builders are rethinking how they look and operate. This tour visits several sites, including…


BuildForward Capital LLC Launches Operations

New York Passive House member Melissa Ruttner shared the following with us: BuildForward Capital LLC Launches Operations, Financing Deeply Energy Efficient Construction Projects in New York City and Environs BuildForward has created a unique, crowdfunded lending platform that allows individuals and institutions to lend directly to borrowers who seek to make radical improvement to the energy footprint of their buildings. Melissa Ruttner, President of BuildForward, said, "At BuildForward, our mission is to…


Philadelphia Passive House Primer 2013

The day before Greenbuild, the huge green building expo in Philly, learn the basics of Passive House. Full-Day Passive House Primer Course Architecture Department, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia Architecture Building, Room # 104, 2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122 9am Tuesday November 19th 2013 Target Participants: This course is aimed at anyone interested in high performance buildings, including architects, designers, engineers and consultants as well as contractors,…


Passive House Office Towers

Currently the tallest Passive House skyscraper in the world is the 20-story Raiffeisen office building (RHW.2) in Austria. It maxes out Vienna's height restrictions at 78 meters. The building features high-performance glazing, heat recovery from the data servers, a ground-source heat pump, and 240 square meters of solar PV. According to Der Standard the construction budget was 84 million euros (about $380 per square foot). See the Passive House Database for…


The Passive House Database just got a make-over

Remember, after 30 Sep 2012 only projects already registered will be able to use the database to participate in the Passive House Days. Register your Project here ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  


Building Efficiency and Blower Doors: Essential Responses to Sandy

By Ken Levenson, A.I.A. Superstorm Sandy has produced a torrent of meetings, plans, reports, announcements and actions by city, state, federal and non-governmental organizations. Today, before their terms expire, the New York City Council and Mayor are racing to pass important legislation based on these past months of herculean effort. While the action may be understandably focused on measures directly related to storm survival of our built environment from wind…


International award for energy efficient buildings and regions

Announcing the 2014 Passive House Award - submission deadline 30th September 2013 Darmstadt. Those at the forefront of energy efficient construction globally can now submit innovative projects for the 2014 Passive House Award. Competition entries may include single buildings as well as entire districts or regions. An independent jury will evaluate the architectural design and urban planning aspects of the submitted projects with special attention given to the use of…


NY13 Passive House Symposium, Saturday June 8th

Passive House: Toward Net Zero Energy To slash energy use and carbon emissions while developing our built environment, Passive House is the proven essential first step – increasing comfort and health while reducing heating and cooling demand by up to 90%.    The NY13 Passive House Symposium (NY13) will explore the effectiveness of Passive House as a cornerstone of our low-energy, low-emissions future - highlighting important questions regarding policy, finance and…


After a Bumpy Start, a Passivhaus Success Story

BY VERONIQUE LEBLANC POSTED ON MAY 7 2013 on GreenBuildingAdvisor   In 2006, when we bought our house in Mamaroneck, New York, it was all about location: views on Mamaroneck Harbor, a south-facing orientation, proximity to the train station and the village’s main shopping street, and the ability to have a decent sailboat moored in deep water across the street and winterized at the shipyard next door. The house was…


The 7 Habits of Local, Highly Successful Passive House Organizations – thoughts on resource efficient advocacy

By Bronwyn Barry Over the past five years I've been fortunate to interact with a vast network of Passive House advocates from Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.  At home in California, I've worked to promote the PH concept both locally at Passive House California, and nationally at the American Passive House Network in coordination with NY Passive House, Passive House Northwest…


NYPH Member to speak at Passive House Conference in Frankfurt

On Saturday April 20 NYPH Member Cramer Silkworth of Baukraft Engineering will present a tool for PHPP modeling of multiple zones and/or design options at the Passive House Conference in Frankfurt. Developed in collaboration with David White of Right Environments, the free Excel-based tool coordinates the inputs for any number of design variations and collects key results in one location for easy review. Highly flexible in design, any number of…