Green New Deal: Mayor de Blasio Announces New Energy Code excluding Section R408 Passive House

2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code holds new buildings to strict standards to implement Green New Deal & make New York Citythe global leader in sustainability New York–Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the passage of the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code following today's successful vote in the New York City Council. This updated energy code provides a new benchmark of sustainability and energy efficiency for all construction in the five boroughs.…


New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill

Huffington Post 06/17/2019 12:03 pm ET. New York lawmakers reached a deal late Sunday night to pass one of the most ambitious climate bills in the nation, setting the Empire State on a course to shape what the Green New Deal could look like at a state level. The agreement to pass the so-called Climate & Communities Protection Act calls for New York to eliminate 85% of its overall planet-warming…


NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL PASSES LANDMARK BUILDING CARBON EMISSIONS REDUCTION BILL

New York, NY, April 18, 2019 -   The New York City Council has passed Intro. 1253-C, with the explicit goal of reducing building carbon emissions rates 80% by 2050.  The bill is aimed at buildings with 25,000 SF of floor area and larger, which represent a majority of greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings in NYC. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Constantinides and co-sponsored by 30 other Council Members,…


Stevens Institute of Technology SU+RE House Passive House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Congratulations to our local Solar Decathlon Team at Stevens Institute of Technology for their award-winning project the SU+RE House - combining SUstainble + REsilient architecture practices to withstand the risks of storms and rising sea levels.  The team came in first place yesterday (October 18, 2015) out of a total of 14 competitors in this year's competition.  The two local teams--SU+RE House from the Stevens Institute of Technology and DURA…


New Passive House Classes Presented at Vancouver Conference

Criteria combining energy efficiency and renewables take immediate effect (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 7 October 2015) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="771"] Photo Credit: Passive House Institute[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Clearly-defined criteria for combining the international Passive House Standard with renewable energy sources are now applicable: the Passive House Institute's new guidelines for building evaluation have come into effect with the introduction of a new version of the planning tool PHPP at…


Upgrades in New PHPP 9: PER, Classes, Criteria

From the Passive House Institute (PHI): For almost 20 years, Passive House criteria have constituted guidelines for an excellent level of energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness and comfortable living conditions. To date, more than 1 million square meters of Passive House floor area has been certified through the quality assurance system set up in parallel.  Through the course of time, these criteria have been carefully adapted and augmented several times in line…


Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables – a new eBook from NAPHN

Everyone talks about Net Zero and more and more people are talking about Passive House.   Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables demonstrates that the Passive House pathway is the best way to reach Net Zero.   The international Passive House Standard makes extremely comfortable, durable, healthy and affordable buildings in a growing array of shapes and uses: apartments, schools, even a dental clinic.  All use very little energy.  By optimizing…


FXFOWLE Awarded Passivhaus Grant

(Reposted from FXFOWLE.com) The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded FXFOWLE a research grant to determine the viability of implementing the Passivhaus standard for tall residential buildings in New York. Working with an associated consultant team, and using an FXFOWLE residential project currently in design, the study investigates the detailed implications of adapting a typical sustainable tall residential building to meet the Passivhaus standard. The project…


NAPHN Passive House Windows Workshop Series

The Windows of Change are Blowing When the first Passive House was built in Darmstadt, Germany, there was not a single window on the market that met the stringent Passive House performance requirements. Fast forward to today, and the situation is vastly different: a robust European market with over 200 certified Passive House window products. In Canada and the US, the Passive House market is heating up. With countless low,…


Passive House Meets Net Zero – Zeroing In On Energy Efficiency

  If you missed Passive House Meets Net Zero, you still have a chance to listen to a recorded streaming of the event! This education event, co-hosted with Ontario Passive House Group, focused on Net Zero Energy Homes and Buildings. Participants learned about the work of the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany, which has spent the last few years tackling the question what does it mean to be "Net…


China’s first Passive House office building now certified

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 2 July 2015 China’s first Passive House office building now certified Local stakeholders turning increasingly to energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries’ first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua…


Cornell’s New Campus Breaks Ground and Passive House is Main Attraction

Cornell Groundbreaking from 475 HPBS on Vimeo. "This spring we said “Passive House Poised To Go Big.” Now we’re saying “Passive House Is Going Big.” On June 16th, Cornell Tech held a groundbreaking ceremony on Roosevelt Island. While the event took place to announce Bloomberg Philanthropies $100Mil gift to the new campus, the “BOOM!” heard round the low-energy/high-performance world was news that the campus will have the world’s tallest Passive House.…