U of T Passive House student residence moves forward

The University of Toronto (U of T) has awarded a design-build contract for a new Passive House (PH) student residence building at its Scarborough campus to construction firm Pomerleau. The facility has been in the planning stages since 2017. Conceptualized for optimal energy consumption, the 265,000-sf, 746-bed facility will break ground this summer at 330 Ellesmere Road—replacing a parking lot—and is expected to be completed by the 2023/2024 academic year.…


“Hygiene ventilation” and the case for Green Stimulus

As society plans its transition out of the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic response and into a new era of social distanced, post-quarantine life, the gradual re-inhabitation of existing buildings will necessitate that many aspects of daily life be re-examined, both in terms of social custom and functional layout.  Read More >


New York Passive House celebrates 10 years

We incorported New York Passive House Inc. on June 28th 2010. The origiginal Article I: ARTICLE I OFFICES & PURPOSE 2. The purpose of NYPH shall be to:  Promote the Passive House building energy standard through public outreach, education, support of industry professionals and advocacy. Provide Marketing opportunities for NYPH membership, and support the success and vitality of the Passive House community. Offer a platform for knowledge transfer within the…







NYPH Board statement on dismantling Injustice and Systemic Racism

Juneteenth 2020 at New York Passive House is one day, but the work to ensure equity, inclusion, and social justice is an ongoing endeavor. Over the last few weeks, we have felt anger, sadness and frustration. And our Black colleagues, professionals and fellow citizens have felt it much more intensely. New York Passive House will work with our community, stakeholders, and Board of Directors to support those voices who have…



Future of Cities: Urban Regeneration in a Time of Crisis

Cities and urban areas are increasingly finding themselves on the frontlines of the global climate crisis — both as emitters of damaging greenhouse gases and in terms of their vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change. According to available statistics, buildings alone account for around one-third of global energy consumption and 20% of CO2 emissions — a number that increases to 50% in major cities. Against that backdrop and as…


Why Passive House Dormitories Are Healthier and More Energy Efficient

Principal Deborah Moelis held a live webcast to explain the benefits of designing to Passive House. Passive House saves on energy costs and improves student wellness. Deborah Moelis AIA, CPHD hosted a series of webinars in May that discussed the benefits of Passive House design and how it is integrated into Handel Architects’ dormitory work. Sharing case study analyses of The House at Cornell Tech, the world’s largest Passive House…