Tight House: a Passive House refurbishment

This Passive House retrofit is the first certified Passive House project in NYC and a winner in the 2014 International Passive House Design Awards. The retrofit adds a new rear facade, 3rd floor, and roof terrace. A continuous envelope of insulation, air tightness, and mitigated thermal bridges will reduce energy usage. Passive Houses consume approximately 90% less heat energy than the average home and 75% less energy overall.The project features…





Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments / Press Release

Component Award announced for windows in the context of refurbishments Winners to be presented at International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig   (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 12 November 2014)   Darmstadt, Germany. Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but since refurbishment work is often carried out in a step-by-step manner, flexible approaches are required. In order to acknowledge particularly suitable products, the…



See The Future of Low Carbon Building in Vancouver: NAPHN15 Conf & Expo

The 2015 North American Passive House Conference & Expo will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 1st and 2nd (Press release, NAPHN, Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) November 06, 2014)   The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is pleased to announce that the 2015 NAPHN Conference & Expo (NAPHN15) will take place October 1st and 2nd in Vancouver, Canada. It will follow the success of the NAPHN14 conference held…



The Future of New York City Buildings On Display During Passive House Days

Unprecedented number of Passive House buildings will be open to public in New York City region November 7 – 9, hosted by New York Passive House Press Release October 31, 2014 International Passive House Days is an annual global event that provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience the Passive House building standard, the leading standard in ultra-low energy, high-performance construction. Over 20 Passive House projects will be open to…


NAPHN14 in Maine, Martin and a Few Inches of Sub-Slab Insulation

This is a guest blog post by Bronwyn Barry, a CPHD, Passive House California Board Member, and Co-President of the North American Passive House Network. October 3, 2014 This past weekend saw a lively debate on Twitter between Martin Holladay, myself and a few other Tweeps over what amounts to a few inches of insulation. It followed a very successful North American Passive House Network 2014 (NAPHN14) Conference & Expo…


NYPH Press release: Passive House standard central to New York City Mayor’s plan

PRESS RELEASE   Passive House standard central to New York City Mayor’s plan to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. New York Passive House endorses Mayor’s initiative to scale-up low-energy construction.   New York City October 01, 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new plan to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings by 2050 relies on Passive House as a guiding standard for new construction and existing building…


Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept.

Historical flair meets future-oriented energy concept Inauguration of new Wilhelminian style Passive House building in Hamburg (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 25 August 2014)   Hamburg/Darmstadt, Germany. Traditional architectural style and the Passive House Standard work together beautifully – this is demonstrated by a fascinating new build project in Hamburg. The “Haus Winter”, designed in the traditional Wilhelminian style, blends seamlessly into the historical character of the district in which it…