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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Imagine Passive House

Conjure an image of home. Of your elementary school. Of your office. They’re familiar. Now imagine your own Passive House. More difficult, right? But what if Passive House can describe a school, an apartment building, a factory, an office or a home? And it does. What if Passive House design can be modern, historical, vernacular, …

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Why Passive House?

Building to the Passive House Standard[1] reduces our buildings’ operational energy demand to an optimized extent through passive measures and components such as insulation, airtightness, heat recovery, solar heat gains, solar shading and incidental internal heat gains.   Passive House reliably delivers up to approximately a 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a …

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