“17 Mile Haus: A Passive House Design Journey”

Passive House design is receiving heightened interest across the country due to growing awareness of the impact of buildings on carbon emissions. This presentation will look at how Passive House is applicable here in California, using a project located on Pebble Beach’s storied 17 Mile Drive. Join us to learn about the evolution of this design, the details that support how it performs, plus a look at the impact of the…


The Benefits of Right-Sizing Plumbing in Homes & Apartment Buildings

Effective July 1, 2024, the Appendix M, Peak Water Demand Calculator (WDC) will become part of the California Plumbing Code. Instead of using flow rates and flush volumes from the 1940s, the WDC will allow you to “right-size” the cold and hot water distribution systems in homes and apartment buildings using modern information about flow rates and simultaneous use. Does this sound like a snoozer? Actually, it is an environmentally…


PHN Education Fellowship for Black Architects & Recent Graduates

Representation matters - Apply today to unlock exclusive benefits, training, mentorship, & more. PHN has established the PHN Passive House Education Fellowship. PHN invites all Black architects and engineers who have a commitment to sustainable building to apply and participate. Participants will receive a 50% discount on PHN’s Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) course price, inclusive of exam + 1-year NAPHN Membership. In addition, NAPHN will actively mentor and connect…


Selecting & Sourcing High-Performance Building Products | PHCA Community Meeting Recording

Recording of Passive House California (PHCA) Community Meeting | January 2024 Source 2050 is a multi-vendor marketplace offering over 500 envelope, fenestration, and mechanical solutions for Passive House projects. Our product specification filters allow designers to find the best solutions for their projects and then share them with the build team. Contractors and installers can then purchase those products directly and be sure that they will be delivered on time…


2024 Call for Passive House California Board Membership

Passive House California is guided by a Board of Directors. Our bylaws allow for five (5) to eleven (11) board members with two-year-long terms. Our annual elections, open to current PHCA members in good standing, are held in January to fill any open seats. For more information see our bylaws. There is no limit to the number of eligible candidates that may nominate themselves for a seat. The newly elected…


New analysis finds Passive House designs for single-family homes will best protect Californians’ health, safety, and comfort from worsening impacts of climate change

SAN FRANCISCO — As extreme heat, wildfire smoke, and climate disasters have battered California in recent years, a new analysis published Wednesday, Nov. 29, finds that constructing new single-family homes to all-electric Passive House standards is the best way to protect residents from the worsening impacts of climate changes, while also safeguarding power grids as the state transitions to clean energy. The research offers first-of-its-kind analysis and data on 11…



How Buildings Are Key To Fighting Climate Change

In this video, we dive into the pivotal role buildings play in the battle against climate change. Buildings, as they stand, are both victims and culprits in the climate crisis, being poorly equipped to handle climate impacts and also being massive contributors to carbon emissions. Provided by The Passive House Accelerator. The four steps are sequential in the actual construction or renovation of a building, but the reality is that…


California Multifamily Passive House Resources | Subsidy Programs in California

The following is a list provide by The Passive House Network (PHN) of existing funding and subsidy programs that we believe may be applied to multifamily buildings seeking Passive House certification in California. CEDA - California Energy Design Assistance: This program offers energy modeling assistance. It is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E and other investor-owned utilities (IOUs), under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.…


Passive House Modeling Incentives Available in California

The California Energy Design Assistance Program (CEDA) offers incentives to encourage Passive House modeling using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). The California Energy Design Assistance is the new construction decarbonization resource for commercial, multifamily, public, agricultural, and Industrial customers and their design teams across the state. FIND OUT MORE AND START YOU APPLICATION