Vancouver To Be Home To World’s Tallest Passive House Building

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Canadian developer Brivia Group has selected downtown Vancouver as the location of its newest and most sustainable project yet. CURV, a 60-storey residential development between Burrard and Thurlow Streets, will be the world’s tallest passive house building – a modern, low carbon and energy efficient building that contributes to a healthier planet, mirroring the environmental ethos of the city of Vancouver. Passive House is the highest standard for energy efficiency in commercial…


Using Passive House to Fast-Track Building Electrification

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A growing body of research tells us achieving deep carbon reduction targets of 75% or more will require electrification, including all furnaces and water heaters across the country, and powering those buildings with 100% renewable energy. Nationally, approximately 27% of the total natural gas consumption occurs directly in residential and commercial buildings. This has led policymakers in many U.S. jurisdictions to consider building electrification policies and incentives as a way to meet climate goals. And with research…


New York pension leaders back calls for less fossil fuel financing

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(Reuters) -New York pension officials on Monday said they will support shareholder resolutions filed at major banks seeking quick cuts to the financing of new fossil fuel development, pushing climate issues to the fore of another springtime shareholder meeting season. Shareholders should support resolutions filed at Bank of America Corp, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and four other banks "in order to mitigate the systemic risks posed by unfettered climate change,"…


Biden launches green buildings partnership with states, cities

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The Biden administration is launching a new partnership with two states and several cities aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions from buildings. President Biden is expected to announce the new "Buildings Performance Standards Coalition" during remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. According to a White House fact sheet first shared with The Hill, the partnership will include 33 state and local governments that encompass 20 percent of the country’s…


Biden Administration Launches Effort to Improve Ventilation and Reduce the Spread of COVID-⁠19 in Buildings

FACT SHEET: Earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, a roadmap to move the country forward safely and continue to fight COVID-19 as Americans get back to their more normal routines.  Today the Administration is launching the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a key component of the President’s Plan, that calls on all building owners and operators, schools, colleges and universities, and organizations of all kinds…


NYC Enacts Legislation to Promote All-Electric Buildings

NYC is now the largest city in the U.S. to enact legislation relating to the electrification of buildings. On December 15, 2021, the NY City Council voted in support of Int. 2317A-2021, which effectively mandates the electrification of most new buildings by prohibiting the on-site “combustion of a substance that emits 25 kilograms or more of carbon dioxide per million British thermal units of energy.” Former Mayor Bill de Blasio, a…


Executive order 52 – STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY AGAINST ADDITION OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT EXPANDS THE SUPPLY OF FOSSIL FUELS IN NEW YORK CITY

WHEREAS, we face a clear global climate emergency, caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels; and WHEREAS, we all have a moral, economic, public health, and security imperative to act to protect our planet, fellow human beings, and future generations; and WHEREAS, we must act, and act together at every level, as individuals, as cities, and as a global community; and WHEREAS, climate action by cities can also address…


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.…


Committee on Housing and Buildings voted to delete Section R408 Passive House

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 the Committee on Housing and Buildings voted 8-0 to eliminate Section R408 Passive House [divider] [button link="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4277797&GUID=52C734F2-A45B-477B-8209-1D7C6EED8E49&Options=ID|Text|&Search=Intro+1816" bg_color="#ef4731" border="#ef4731" window="yes"]Intro 1816-A[/button] [hr] The proposed bill eliminates the very critical Section R408 Passive House as an alternative compliance path of the NYStretch Energy Code-2020. NYPH does not support the deletion of Section R408 Passive House. [divider] [button link="https://www.nypassivehouse.org/why-it-is-important-to-include-section-r408-passive-house-into-the-new-york-city-energy-conservation-code-nycecc/" bg_color="#ef4731" border="#ef4731" window="yes"]Why Support Passive House[/button] [hr]


Virtually no other standard other than the Passive House Standard delivers low energy buildings that can meet our [80×50] goal

Green Light, The Rise of the Energy Efficient Building Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships Journal Series Kate Nason 2018 [hr] A Standard that Empowers the Profession The following is a non-exhaustive list of the benefits associated with utilising the Passive House Standard in projects: Practice what we preach: Empowers architects to fulfil their obligation in climate protection and allow us to practice what we preach. Verification tool: Testing of the as-built-quality…


The New York City Climate Mobilization Act (CMA) demands more in energy efficiency from buildings

The new legislation requires that any building 25,000 square feet or larger will need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from a 2005 baseline, increasing to an 80 percent reduction requirement by 2050. By Todd Kimmel, NYPH Board Member and  Architectural Manager for ROCKWOOL   New York City gets to work as Climate Mobilization Act (CMA) passes New York City produces over 50 million tonnes…


New York State’s 80×50 Progress

NAPHN19, Policy Resource Guide, June 2019 Implementing High Performance Codes In 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo initiated Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a comprehensive energy strategy for New York. The Governor has tasked the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to set a more restrictive local standard in New York State in order to make the Governor’s strategy for a clean, resilient, and more affordable energy system a…