Reports

A collection of reports about, or related directly to, Passive House, public policy, regulations, and industry transformation.

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Denver, Colorado – 2021

Denver’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) New Buildings & Homes Implementation Plan

by New Buildings Institute

The objectives of Denver’s Net Zero Energy New Buildings & Homes Implementation Plan (NZE Plan) are to help create clean energy jobs, drive economic recovery, and improve energy equity through enhancements to the Denver Building and Fire Code with the goal of all new buildings achieving net-zero energy by 2030.

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Global – 2020

Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector

by Diana Urge-Vorsatz et al.

This report is a deep scholarly dive showing that it is possible to achieve net or nearly-zero-energy building outcomes across the world in most building types and climates with systems, technologies, and skills that already exist, and at costs that are in the range of conventional buildings. Maximizing energy efficiency for all building energy uses is found as central to net-zero targets.

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United Nations – 2020

Updated Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings

by UNECE Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings

The UN Economic Commission for Europe, which includes the United States and Canada, Committee on Sustainable Energy, approved its framework guidelines for energy efficiency standards in buildings in November 2017. Utilizing the Passive House approach, it targets the global transformation of buildings in the built environment. This is an update to the earlier report. 

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USA – 2019

PHPP V9.6 Validation using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2017

by Remi Charron Consulting Services

An independent study, and comprehensive report, commissioned by Passive House California, Canada and New York with PHI, evaluating the PHPP Version 9.6 using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140.

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New York, NY – 2018

Pursuing Passive: Strategies for a High Comfort, Low Energy Retrofit in NYC

by Building Energy Exchange

Upgrading existing buildings will require significant resources. In addition to raw efficiency, retrofits must deliver a high-quality environment, be primed for a future powered by renewable energy, and provide resiliency in the face of future climate fluctuations and crises. The emphasis of the study is on selecting energy conservation measures and phasing these measures over time, while the building is occupied.  This report also describes how capital planning for such measures might be organized, code and regulatory barriers to pursuing this deep retrofit, and the most important technical and market challenges. 

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Astana, Kazakhstan – 2017

Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings

by UNECE

The UN Economic Commission for Europe, which includes the United States and Canada, Committee on Sustainable Energy, approved its framework guidelines for energy efficiency standards in buildings in November 2017. Utilizing the Passive House approach, it targets the global transformation of buildings in the built environment by framing the design, delivery, and operation of buildings as integrated, thermodynamic, and environmental systems. 

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Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures State of market, policy developments, and lessons learned from the Passive House movement

Vancouver, BC – 2016

Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures: State of Market, policy developments, and lessons learned from the Passive House movement

by Pembina Institute

An important snapshot of the early Passive House and high-peforance market in motion from the Pembina Institute, covering a wide range of issues from economics to policy implementation. 

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New York, NY – 2015

Passive NYC: A snapshot of low energy building opportunities, barriers, & resources

by Building Energy Exchange

As a partner in multiple City and State energy efficiency initiatives, the Building Energy Exchange set out to understand how a low energy building standard, like Passive House, might be applied across our building sector. In this briefing, we outline the guiding principles of the Passive House standard, review its successful application in other jurisdictions, take stock of the Passive House resources and projects in the city, and identify the major challenges and barriers to adoption.

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