LAUNDRY ROOMS ARE COMPLICATED: INTEGRATING VENTED CLOTHES DRYERS IN MULTIFAMILY PASSIVE HOUSE PROJECTS

This post was originally produced by the Passive House Group at Steven Winter Associates (SWA). Read more on the SWA Blog. Common laundry rooms are typically provided in market rate and affordable multifamily buildings. Because there are no ventless clothes dryers available for commercial use in North America (such as condensing or heat pump dryers), Passive …

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Call for Papers for New York Passive House 2017 (NYPH17) Conference & Expo is Announced

New York City – NYPH is accepting applications for the annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo, NYPH17. With three million square feet (and growing!) of Passive House projects in the pipeline, New York State is experiencing fast growth. This conference will showcase the very best and latest in passive house technology, construction and …

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Western Pennsylvania Joins NAPHN

We are proud to announce that Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) has become NAPHN’s newest member group.   PHWPA is anchored in Pittsburgh, a city pushing to be a sustainability trendsetter.  PHWPA is led by globally recognized Passive House advocates like Brandon Nicholson of NK Architects, and Laura Nettleton and Michael Whartnaby of Thoughtful Balance, …

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Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables – a new eBook from NAPHN

Everyone talks about Net Zero and more and more people are talking about Passive House.   Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables demonstrates that the Passive House pathway is the best way to reach Net Zero.   The international Passive House Standard makes extremely comfortable, durable, healthy and affordable buildings in a growing array of shapes …

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Passive House Examples in Public Administration and Regulation

As the popularity of Passive House grows, more public agencies are acknowledging its utility and significance in their planning for a low-carbon future, and are officially incorporating Passive House references and terminology into there regulatory and administrative texts.   Some instances are dramatic mandates, such as building code requirements in Brussels Belgium; others are incentives, such as …

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What is Passive House?

Passive House is a building standard.  It is a voluntary international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany – referred to also as The Passive House Standard.   The Passive House Standard is composed of several strict performance requirements for new building construction.  For the renovation of existing buildings PHI …

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