Treehugger | The Passive House Institute has a new campaign to promote energy efficient buildings.

The International Passive House Association (iPHA) launched a campaign—"Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy"—with the goal "to raise awareness for the vital role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting our climate goals." The iPHA is a global network of 22 affiliate organizations promoting the concept of Passive House; it has been promoting energy efficiency for its entire existence—it is the raison d'être of the movement. The new campaign raised some…



Passive House Residential Ventilation in California

Passive House residential ventilation seems like a fairly straightforward topic on the surface. You install a whole-house heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy-recovery ventilator (ERV), exhausting stale air from the wet areas of the house and supplying fresh air to the primary living and sleeping areas. (I’ll use the term HRV to represent both types of equipment throughout the remainder of this article). Unfortunately, the Passive House design guidelines don’t always…


Certified passive home in SLO has built-in efficiency

Article in "New Times San Luis Obispo" (SLO) written by Karen Garcia features Passive House California (PHCA) member Michael Horgan (Certified Passive House Consultant) and Hannah McKay (Certified Passive House Consultant) from CAIRIN Collaborative. In the quiet neighborhood adjacent to Bishop Peak, a small crew is constructing a home slated to be passive house certified. According to the Passive House Institute, this type of home or building is created for energy…



Interview with Bronwyn Barry: Women Driving the Passive House Industry

Women Driving the Passive House Industry is iPHA’s newest interview series which aims to highlight the remarkable women working in the Passive House community. The iPHA team interviewed a handful of the many women who’ve contributed substantially to the growth of the Passive House Standard around the world. Here’s our fourth interview featuring Bronwyn Barry the founder of Passive House California. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW


Advocates for efficient homes set a goal of building 1,000 units in Monterey County by 2030.

Article in the Monterey County Weekly features Sky Ranch Passive House written by Pam Marino, photo by Parker Seibold. When Jay Gentry was a young man he thought he was called to the ministry, but it didn’t quite work out as a career choice. Yet Gentry is a natural evangelist, and today he preaches but not from a pulpit. His message is about the need to combat the climate crisis through building…



Perlita Passive House wins USGBC-LA Sustainable Innovation Award

Verdical Group’s Perlita Passive House was recently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA)’s Sustainable Innovation Honor Award in the Energy Category. Our team provided Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project management for the home, which is the 1st Energy Petal-certified project in California, the 9th Energy Petal-certified project ever, and the 18th ILFI-certified project in California. The award was presented at USGBC-LA’s 15th Annual Green Gala at the…