PHMN Chapter Success Story

The PHMN Chapter (Passive House Minnesota) recently conducted a 1-week Certified Passive House Tradesperson in Minneapolis. This was the first NAPHN passive house training event in the area and the first Certified Passive House Tradesperson training to boot, all organized with the robust support of PHMN. It was amazing to see all the chapter members …

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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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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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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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Passive (House) First It’s About Resilience – Not Just Rating Systems

Join North America’s Passive House community as it convenes in a hotspot of Passive House design construction: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to a strong professional base, innovative governmental policy supporting Passive House, and a community of forward-thinking developers and housing agencies, Pennsylvania is home to one of the largest concentrations of major Passive House and other …

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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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Spotlight on Large and Affordable Energy Efficient Buildings at NAPHN15

Designers and builders of mid-rise residential, affordable housing, schools and high rise Passive House buildings will take to the stage at NAPHN15 in Vancouver, BC. PRESS RELEASE Demonstrating that designing and building to the Passive House standard can drastically reduce the energy demand of all building types, not just residential homes, organizers of the North …

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