About

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is leading the transformation of the building industry to low-energy, high-performance Passive House design and construction. We support the widespread adoption of the international Passive House design and construction standards, building science principles and protocols.

A 501c3 non-profit educational and advocacy organization – NAPHN’s work is internationally recognized. NAPHN is focused on the inflection point between policy and implementation. We partner with leading stakeholders across all building sectors, including: governments, professional associations, manufacturers, owners, builders, labor organizations, and educational institutions – to make the transformation complete. See our about us document here.

Our Vision:

A sustainable, post-carbon, all-renewable energy future – supported by buildings that are efficient, comfortable, affordable, resilient and healthy.

Our Mission:

The transformation of the built environment, using the tools developed by the Passive House Institute, in a critical effort to combat global warming. We provide training, conferences, and other events to both engage and educate design and building professionals, policymakers, and the general public.  We support the success and vitality of the Passive House community.

NAPHN Structure:

A Nonprofit:

NAPHN is a nonprofit corporation with an independent Board of Directors. The organization bylaws are here – and the conflict of interest policy is hereThere are board committees that help organize and govern NAPHN, and current committees and members are listed hereNAPHN has a formal commitment to gender and racial equity in its governance.  See the current policies on board composition, here.

Chapters & Affiliates:

NAPHN has Chapters and Affiliates. Chapters are wholly part of NAPHN.  Affiliates are independent Passive House groups that share mutual benefits and responsibilities with NAPHN.  Chapters are led by Chapter Leaders based on a standard Leader Agreement.  Chapters are governed by a Chapter Governance Document.  

iPHA:

NAPHN is also a member of the International Passive House Association, part of the Passive House Institute, based in Darmstadt, Germany.  See the affiliation agreement here.

Non-Board Committees:

Non-Board Committees include a Technical Committee, to assist North American practitioners in overcoming common technical hurdles and to encourage the broader adoption of the Passive House standard in North America.  See the Technical Committee Charter Document.

Staff:

  • Sharon Gaber, Manager. 450 Lexington Avenue #3717, NY, NY 10163 sharon(at)naphnetwork.org.

Board of Directors:

  • Bronwyn Barry, Chair. San Francisco, CA
  • Rob Bernhardt, Vice-Chair. Victoria, BC
  • Ken Levenson, Secretary.  Brooklyn, NY.
  • Naomi Beal, Freeport, ME
  • Laura Blau, Philadelphia PA
  • Rob Conboy, Burlington, VT
  • Tim Eian, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sylvie Guevin, Quebec, Canada
  • Darren Macri, Ramsey, NJ
  • Andrew Michler, Boulder, CO
  • Brandon Nicholson, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Tomas O’Leary, Wicklow, Ireland
  • Barry Stephens, Maine
  • Tim Weyand, Seattle WA

For over 26 years the Passive House Standard has been the state-of-the-art scientific foundation of high-performance and net-zero buildings, around the world.  Training qualified professionals is an essential prerequisite for successful Passive House construction. Basic training can be toward becoming a Certified Passive House Designer, Consultant or a Certified Tradesperson. Specialized technical training is also available. NAPHN is dedicated to accelerating Passive House training across North America.

Why Are There Two “Passive Houses”?
Many are confused about how or why PHI and PHIUS are both promoting “Passive House” but do it separately.   This short description aims to help clarify the situation while answering some basic questions.  The document is in pdf format here.