Congratulations to our new Officers!

On behalf of the New York Passive House Board of Directors, it is a great pleasure to announce that Buck Moorhead has been elected the new Chair of New York Passive House. Amy Failla has been re-elected the Secretary, and José Sosa Rueda has been elected the new Treasurer.  They look forward to serving NYPH in the year ahead!   Buck Moorhead, Chair is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and…


New Code Evaluation Report

We are pleased to share with you the publication of our new QAI Code Evaluation Report, numbered CERus-1004, covering select ROCKWOOL products. This new report verifies to you, your customers, regulatory agencies, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), architects, specifiers, contractors, engineers, and code officials that the ROCKWOOL products listed herein comply with the stated code requirements. View our full announcement which includes the products that were evaluated by clicking the button…


Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented?

19 January 2022 By: Alison Phelan, Technical Consultant Technical Topics Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented? Concern about mould in construction has been increasing as people become aware that exposure to mould can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, and impact decay of the building’s structure. As people spend a substantial part of their day indoors, be that in their homes, offices,…


What is Passive House? By EP Engineers

Chris Burgess | Friday July 30, 2021 Passive House Design Gains Steam in NYC as Leading Sustainability Solution for Commercial Development As New York City’s landlords and developers stare down tightening carbon-emissions caps with Local Law 97’s deadline fast approaching, the energy efficiency of commercial buildings is becoming even more paramount. What is Passive House? The basic tenets of Passive House design include an extremely well-insulated and super-tight building envelope…


Partel Introduces EXOPERM MONO SA 250 – Advanced Self-Adhesive Monolithic Membrane

November 26, 2021   With EXOPERM™ MONO SA 250, Partel brings an advanced self-adhesive breathable membrane, based on proven Monolithic Technology, designed for external and internal applications within the low-energy building sector. The increasing use of offsite construction methods demonstrates the commitment of the low-energy construction sector to the adoption of new technologies. Whether we are focusing on residential developments, commercial constructions, or public buildings, to help ensure high-quality durable structures,…




How to attain our climate objectives for the built environment. Take part!

How to attain our climate objectives for the built environment. Take part! The Passive House Institute in Germany is an independent research institute that has been carrying out research on highly efficient building construction and renovation for over 25 years. Based on our years of experience with new construction, retrofits of existing building stock and the latest research findings, we have developed the following “building blocks”. These building blocks are…


Lottery opens for 324 units at world’s largest affordable Passive House, from $388/month

Posted On Wed, December 29, 2021 By Aaron Ginsburg VIEW PHOTO IN GALLERY Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development A housing lottery opened this week for more than 300 apartments at the world’s largest fully affordable Passive House. Sendero Verde is a mixed-use project currently under construction in East Harlem that includes affordable housing, community space, retail, outdoor gardens, and a school. As part of…


Carbon-Neutral Community of Passive Homes Coming to New York

By: Quinn Purcell, Utopia Associate Editor, Dec. 02, 2021 The Catskill Project aims to deliver 90 acres of single family homes in “one of the most energy efficient residential developments in the Greater New York Area,” according to project leaders. The Passive House design team behind The Catskill Project officially completed the first carbon-neutral model home in Livingston Manor, N.Y. Photo courtesy Marcus Brooks The future of residential development is…


NYC Fossil Fuel Ban is Here

The passage of Int. 2317 in the New York City Council is coming up. The bill would ban the use of fossil fuels for most new and retrofitted buildings, essentially requiring that buildings electrify. The bill would help mitigate climate change, reduce pollution, and limit the risks of gas fires and explosions in the city. On Wednesday, November 17 at 12:00 pm, a virtual hearing will be held on the…


COP26

Text by: George Kontaroudis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD These coming weeks are perhaps the most politically important for the future of humanity. That's because COP26, which is held in Glasgow, is in session. While the UN holds annual conferences on climate change, some are more important than others. COP26 is important because this year the delegates are planning to finalize the ‘Paris Rulebook’, or the rules needed to implement…