Certification of Buildings – How to Handle Ground Floor for Commercial Purposes?

As we design more and more commercial Passive House buildings we increasingly see split use buildings. If you are a PH certifier this information is crucial to relay to your clients and to also show them they can still achieve certification even without the ground floor. Passive House Institute (PHI) has outlined below (originally posted …

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Open Windows and Ventilation

Written by Mike Woolsey. Several construction concepts exist that intend to dramatically reduce building energy consumption. Among the concepts is Passive House, which describes ways to design and construct buildings so that their heating and cooling energy use is 75% less than most new buildings. A certified Passive House will have met both energy-savings and …

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New Certification Criteria for Passive House Windows in New York City

Energy Efficiency and High Comfort The Passive House Standard provides high energy efficiency, as well as high quality and high comfort. The components of each Passive House building must be selected to meet the energy targets, as well as to ensure a comfortable indoor environment. Suitable component qualities can effectively be identified with the Passive …

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Passive House Institute Crosswalk with the International Living Future Institute

The official cross-walk between the international Passive House Institute (PHI) and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is now out. We’ve been looking forward to seeing this since I set up the first meeting between Dr. Feist and the ILFI leadership back in 2013. Here’s the background story… After forming the cooperative that was to …

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The Growing Influence of Passive House on North America’s Energy Codes

On June 3rd, California’s Codes and Standards (CASE) team released a list of measures it will explore for the 2022 code cycle. The list includes a proposal to explore a ‘Passive House Prescriptive Pathway’ in the Single Family category, reflecting a growing influence on energy code development being exerted by the Passive House standard in …

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NAPHN Passive House Designer Training Courses Announced

NAPHN is proud to be providing the premier course for Passive House professionals. 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. And the Certified Passive House Designer and Consultant …

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