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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Policy Pirates Discover Gold!

Policymaking is a fickle business, fraught with pitfalls and push-backs. Some policies work and others flounder. And every now and then, a policy, code or incentive program actually generates wildly successful outcomes. These are what we looked for when commissioning articles for our first Policy Resource Guide, naturally focusing on energy- and building-specific policies and …

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NAPHN is Hiring!

We’re on a mission to make Passive House a household word. Join NAPHN and help us make it happen! Development & Executive Assistant About NAPHN: North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) ​is an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization. We are​ ​leading the transformation of the building industry to low-energy, high-performance Passive House design and construction. …

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Building Energy Exchange Welcomes NAPHN

Building Energy Exchange welcomes North American Passive House Network as supporting partner, expanding reach and impact. New York’s energy efficiency center of excellence, the Building Energy Exchange, recognizes NAPHN as their new supporting partner. An energy efficiency center of excellence in Manhattan, the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) is an independent non-profit organization providing education, exhibits, …

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