Politics, Our Roots and π…..

Written by Dr. Shane Colclough, Dip EE, BSc, MIE, MBA, PhD, MIEI, CEng, EurIng I am reminded of the 1st meeting I had with Prof Wolfgang Feist when attending the Passivhaus conference in Dresden. One of the delegation asked if, for the specific case of mild climates, the specific load or specific space heating demand …

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Call For Conference Session and Workshop Proposals

Building owners, industry professionals, manufacturers, and policymakers, at Passive House 2020, NAPHN’s Annual Conference & Expo, on June 11-12, in New York City, will share how they leverage the international Passive House Standard and choose their futures. Join the discussion! We are excited to announce that we will be accepting proposals for sessions and workshops, with the …

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North American Passive House Network, Building Energy Exchange, and Passive House Academy receive $250,000 Energy Efficiency Workforce Training Grant

North American Passive House Network (NAPHN), New York’s energy efficiency center of excellence, the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), and Passive House Academy (PHA) secure $250,000 grant from New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the expansion of training programs related to the Passive House building standard, a set of building principles that drastically …

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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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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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NAPHN19: What You Need to Know!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! Here is an outline of major events and other helpful items to make your experience the best it can be. Online Schedule Sched.com – All attendees have received invites to use Sched.com for our online program. You can download the app or use it online. Search for …

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