Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science Featured in Texas Architect Magazine

Architects Javier Arizmendi, FAIA, LEED AP and Michael Oerth take readers on a technical deep dive into the facade design of the new Ralph S. O’Connor School of Engineering and Science at Rice University in Houston in a recent article for Texas Architect magazine. Complementing the materiality of the historic campus architecture, the O’Connor Building utilizes the same locally sourced, handcrafted brick omnipresent across campus—with a twist. Read on to…


Challenge accepted: Future architects from Pratt Institute faced off in the Ice Box Challenge.

Challenge accepted: Future architects from Pratt Institute faced off in the Ice Box Challenge. Inspired by the original event in Brussels, this competition tests two structures — one built to Passive House standards and the other to local building regulations — to see which could better keep out the heat. Students dove into the world of Passive House building science and the LL Code, designing and constructing mini boxes with…


Take a tour of The Rise in this wonderful video by Passive House Accelerator!

Take a tour of The Rise in this wonderful video by Passive House Accelerator! The project team walks through the community focused programming, and Passive House and Trauma-Informed design features of the 72-unit, Brooklyn development which will provide affordable and supportive housing for justice-involved families. The Rise is a NYSERDA #BuildingsofExcellence award winner and also received a Blue Ribbon for Design Excellence through the program. Learn More Xenolith Partners Osborne Association…



Our earth-conscious family, friends, and colleagues toured 702 Hancock on Sunday.

Our earth-conscious family, friends, and colleagues toured 702 Hancock on Sunday. It was delightful sharing this healthy building’s design and energy conservation methods with you all and meeting more members of the New York Passive House community. If you missed it, you can learn more about 702's features here: Learn More Thanks, and we'll see you at the next one.


Daniel Libeskind’s Latest Passive House

"Further, the building was crafted following Passive House standards, so that it remains as energy efficient as possible. “The materials we’ve used, however modest they might be, are all really well chosen to create the most minimal carbon footprint possible,” Libeskind explains. According to the design firm, the building consumes 60–70% less energy than the average New York City apartment building." Read More


Yesterday’s shoot with James McGorty for the Heritage project was truly enlightening

Yesterday's shoot with James McGorty for the Heritage project was truly enlightening. His deep understanding of sustainability and dedication to innovation showcased Dextall's transformative approach to renovation. James's insights shed light on how our collaboration with Dextall has streamlined the renovation process, making it more efficient and eco-friendly. His passion for sustainability aligns perfectly with our mission to create greener, more sustainable communities. Thank you, James, for your invaluable contributions…



The Future of Building Exteriors: How Dextall’s Prefab Solutions Outperform EIFS in Retrofits and Passive House Applications

  By Samira Sabulis, CCO of Dextall As the world increasingly embraces sustainability, the construction industry faces a pivotal moment in determining the best materials and methods for retrofitting aging buildings. Two popular choices stand at the forefront of this conversation: Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) and Prefabricated (Prefab) exterior wall systems. This article explores why Prefab solutions, particularly Dextall’s innovative wall system, are the superior choice for retrofitting…


outPHit has just been confirmed as one of three finalists

outPHit has just been confirmed as one of three finalists shortlisted for the 2024 European Sustainable Energy (EUSEW) Awards in the Innovation category. Through the project, 25 case studies across five European countries demonstrate how high-performance, deep retrofits to the EnerPHit standard can be made faster and more cost-effective. The EUSEW Awards recognize outstanding projects for their energy efficiency and renewables efforts. Nine finalists have been announced in the categories of…


We’re honored to announce our selection for NYSERDA’s Empire Building Challenge

We're honored to announce our selection for NYSERDA's #EmpireBuildingChallenge cohort 3 with MaGrann Associates & Ascendant Neighborhood Development. Empire Building Challenge (EBC) is a partnership between NYSERDA and leading commercial real estate owners. Through this program, NYSERDA will invest $50 million to elevate new design approaches for low-carbon retrofits in New York’s high-rise buildings. We’re stoked to spend the course of the year in good company, putting our heads together…


ROCKWOOL North America Factory Tour

Great to host a ROCKWOOL North America Factory Tour for some friends and family in the Rainscreen Industry! We really enjoyed the day and appreciated your time today in Ranson, WV, helping to raise all ships. Big thanks to Rob Klein, Robert Blount, Martin Mee, Paul Espinosa and Patricia Whitehead for your help and support making this happen! Read More