FERO FAST Thermal Bracket™ Offset Shelf Angle – Passive House Component Certification

FERO FAST Thermal Bracket offset shelf angle is officially a phA Certified Passive House Advanced Component in the Façade Anchors category.  The testing parameters of the Passive House certification included the FAST Thermal Bracket offset shelf angle and FERO’s Thermal TieTM masonry connector.  For more details, our component certificate can be found HERE.At FERO, our mission is to design, engineer and manufacture products that maximize building envelope performance.  We know our…


Earth Day Release ‘Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy’ Video

Today is Earth Day and to mark the occasion, we are launching the next step in our ‘Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy’ campaign! The International Passive House Association, together with our affiliate partners from all over the world, has produced a series of videos to highlight the benefits of the Passive House standard and an efficiency first approach. The videos are available in a range of languages and regional versions,…


NYPH strongly opposes the inclusion of Part R and we urge the Governor, the NY State Assembly and the Senate to strike Part R from the State’s FY 2022 Budget.

Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie:Subject: Proposed Part R of TED Executive Budget (Deduction of Renewable Energy Credits in New York City)   New York Passive House is a building industry trade group committed to achieving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Our organization strongly opposes the inclusion of Part R in the Transportation, Economic Development, and Environmental Conservation Executive Budget and we urge the Governor, the…


NYPH statement on anti-AAPI violence and institutional racism

The recent violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is simply unacceptable. Sadly, it is only the latest manifestation of the destructive force on our communities of institutional racism. As design, engineering, and construction professionals, whose work is to create homes, offices, and communities that enhance human dignity and comfort, we have an obligation to speak up for civil rights and to act to dismantle systemic racism. New York Passive…



Building energy use comparisons

As part of our IoT development work, MCCI and NY Passive House have been partnering to reduce the cost of monitoring buildings (both high performance buildings and conventional construction). This low-cost study identified eight-fold differences in energy intensity across a variety of buildings. By choosing buildings at the same altitude and in the same microclimate, we are able to focus on differences in construction. We started monitoring electricity use and…


BENCHMARKING RESULT FOR PASSIVE HOUSE RETROFITS RATED TOP 5%

We are pleased to share our benchmarked data that puts our retrofit building’s energy performance within the top 5% in the city for its energy use. We present three of our completed retrofit projects, two-six story affordable co-op multifamily buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and a historic row-house in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. The benchmarked data also validates Passive House (PH) strategies as cost-effective to retrofit homes. Our…


News | This will be the world’s largest Passive House-certified office building

Boston’s Financial District will soon welcome the groundbreaking Winthrop Center, a year-round, mixed-use gathering space with a suite of impressive eco-friendly credentials. Designed by Handel Architects in partnership with MIT professors, Winthrop Center will not only target LEED certifications and a WELL certification but is also expected to become the largest Passive House-certified office building in the world. The project takes COVID-19-era concerns into account with its emphasis on healthier…



The inside story of New York’s greenest condo

The Upper West Side hums with nostalgia—from the Museum of Natural History to the mason facades of the Central Park West Historic District, the neighborhood is a treasure trove of storied buildings. Now, it welcomes a new piece of history: Manhattan’s greenest condo, dubbed Charlotte of the Upper West Side. Under the leadership of the Roe Corporation, a real estate development company helmed by John Roe, a number of beloved…


Four Seven Five becomes Sponsor of NYPH

Masonry Retrofit A great number of historic masonry buildings exist across North America, and today they are being re-imagined with an endless variety of uses. Renovating and reoccupying these old buildings is rightly considered an act of sustainability in itself. Using the existing structure can mean 50% to 75% less embodied carbon, on day one of occupancy, than a new building would generate. In the 21st century, our existing masonry…


Coming soon will be a major designPH update that will provide a full conversion to imperial (IP) units

Good news from the designPH development team. The new year brings two fresh updates which will be available for free to existing designPH 2.0 Pro users. Maintenance update This brings compatibility with SketchUp 2021 and also a number of bug fixes. Available from February 2021 (* registered users will be notified by email when the download is available) Full IP conversion Also coming soon will be a major designPH update…