Zoning Holiday Design Party | Passive House California

On February 1, 2023 architects, developers and advocates celebrated the 29 design concepts that were submitted to the Zoning Holiday Competition.  The concepts submitted were based on a five-unit multi-family building on a 50’ wide by 100’ deep site and designed to the Passive House Standard and the CEQA Class 3 exemptions. The term Zoning Holiday is based on the fact that “many California cities have not met State-mandated requirements…



Welcome Earth Bound Homes

Passive House California is delighted to welcome Earth Bound Homes as a Supporting Sponsor. Their commitment to “Building a Better Way” is well aligned with Passive House protocols and results in homes that are very energy efficient, provide healthy indoor air quality, are resilient to extreme weather, wildfires and the associated smoke, as well as power outages, and are environmentally responsible. In the words of David Edwards, PhD, Founder/CEO —…



Passive House Building Certification Guide 10 – Now Available

Passive House Building Certification Guide 10 - Now Available. Published by the Passive House Institute. Welcome to the Building Certification Guide! We are delighted that you are interested in the Passive House Institute's building certification quality assurance program. To date, thousands of builders around the world have already certified their buildings as Passive House projects or EnerPHit retrofits. Twenty years of experience shows that the high level of comfort and…


Summer Comfort in Passive House Buildings: Guideline

With warming climate conditions the topic of resilience towards overheating is increasingly gaining importance, especially since high indoor temperatures are not only a matter of comfort, but are also highly related to health. Summer temperatures inside a building are majorly influenced by solar loads, internal heat sources and by the ventilation strategy. Design optimization suitable for the local climate conditions fundamentally influences (a) the achieved thermal summer comfort and (b)…