Bushwick retrofit project provides blueprint for greening buildings

New York City’s sustainability goals for the next decade are ambitious: The Climate Mobilization Act of 2019 mandates that the city must cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. And a good chunk of that must come from buildings, which contribute close to 70 percent of the city’s total carbon output. Landlords have been fretting over how to make their buildings more green since the legislation passed…


NAPHN 2021 Conference: PASSIVE HOUSE FOR ALL

Passive House for All is a call to action. Our existential environmental, health, and social crises demand that we look beyond isolated symptoms and tackle interlocking systemic causes; across disciplines, from buildings to communities. The event will take on the full range of specialized technical, process, and policy aspects of Passive House one expects from a NAPHN conference – and it will challenge us to make Passive House benefits, tools, and…


Renderings Revealed for ‘The Oasis’ Passive House Office Building at 38-42 12th Street in Long Island City

Aerial rendering illustrates The Oasis and the surrounding neighborhood - Archimæra By: Sebastian Morris 7:00 am on December 9, 2020 JNY Capital and United Housing Company are working in collaboration on The Oasis, the country’s largest-ever Passive House office building at 38-42 12th Street, near the northern boundary of Long Island City. From Brooklyn-based design studio Archimæra, the building’s Passive House standard construction will incorporate extremely efficient mechanical and electrical systems, a…


Minneapolis provides a incentive of up to 20% of total development costs for Passive House

The City’s Division of Sustainability has partnered with the Community Planning & Economic Development department to support the development of sustainably certified housing. The Office of Sustainability will provide financing in addition to Minneapolis Homes Financing (MHF) program commitments made through its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The pilot provides a needs-based incentive of up to 20% of total development costs – not to exceed $90,000 per unit – through…


Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

We would like to take this holiday season to say thank you for supporting us during this challenging year. Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year to you and your family!


Ug, Uf, Uw, Uwhat? : An intro to the U-value and those most important to Passive House design

Author: Nikki Goad (iPHA) For someone outside the building sector, many of the shorthand symbols frequently used in Passive House related content – including educational videos, press releases, webinars, and even some of our other blog posts – can be quite confusing. What the heck is a U-value? What are all those different subscripts? And what the heck is this symbol -> Ψ? Don’t fret. We will get into all…


Why Passive House Buildings Create a Healthier Interior Environment

Passive House buildings are undoubtedly better for the environment because they use less energy than a typical building. But how does the interior experience in a Passive House building compare to a typical building? Here's an explanation of why Passive House buildings provide superior indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and acoustics. Read More >


Passive Housing: Lottery Launches for 1230 Metcalf Avenue in Soundview, The Bronx

1230 Metcalf Avenue in Soundview, The Bronx By: Vanessa Londono 7:00 am on December 12, 2020 The affordable housing lottery is now open for Metcalf Avenue Apartments, a 12-story mixed-use development at 1230 Metcalf Avenue in Soundview, The Bronx. The 219,546-square-foot corner building is designed by Dattner Architects and developed by Phipps Houses and will yield a total 249 units in a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Available on…




LIC will soon house the nation’s largest passive house office

LIC will soon house the nation’s largest passive house office JNY Capital and United Hoisting Co. developing eco-friendly 425K building New York / December 03, 2020 01:20 PM By Rich Bockmann Renderings by Archimaera Long Island City is getting what developers say will be the nation’s biggest office building designed to passive house standards. JNY Capital and United Hoisting Company will build their 425,000-square-foot spec office at 38-42 12th Street…