Passive House For All Conference

Passive House for All is a call to action. Our existential environmental, health, and social crises demand that we look beyond isolated symptoms and tackle interlocking systemic causes; across disciplines, from buildings to communities. The event will take on the full range of specialized technical, process, and policy aspects of Passive House one can expect from a NAPHN conference – and it will challenge us to make Passive House benefits, tools,…


Happy Birthday, Passive House!

Passive House is celebrating its 30th birthday this year! Starting as an experiment, great credit can be given to this pioneering project by Professor Wolfgang Feist: at a time when only very few people thought about climate protection, it paved the way for energy efficiency in buildings. Today, the Passive House standard has been implemented throughout the world and shines particularly brightly in beacon projects globally. More reasons for celebrating:…


Is Cost the Barrier to Passive House Performance

A new NAPHN report by Bronwyn Barry, NAPHN Board Chair, looks at cost assumptions, barriers, and the reality of cost in achieving Passive House buildings. “Most non-profit developers we work with are all passionately seeking ways to build better for less. In our advocacy work at NAPHN, we’ve found that these developers are most concerned with two things: first cost to build, and operating costs for their occupants. Of these…


Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) 2021

Passive House California (PHCA) has a virtual booth at MGBCE 2021. Any questions about the international Passive House construction standard please come and visit us or just stop by to say hello. The time is now! Join us virtually at MGBCE 2021! This year the community and conference are coming together online to build a greener future for all with action-oriented sessions, interactive expos, workshops, and more. Learn more about our…


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…



Vote Now! PHI Certified Passive House Buildings nominated for the Green Solutions Awards

International competition run by the Construction21 network, the Green Solutions Awards highlight exemplary solutions integrated into buildings, districts and infrastructures contributing to the fight against climate change. Here are the Passive House nominations: Good Energy Haus (USA) Scott Subaru – Car Dealership (Canada) Old Holloway straw passivhaus (UK) King Street, Great Yarmouth (UK) GAP Energy Efficiency and Consultant Incubation Center (Turkey) Charter Telecom Headquarters (Canada) Parkview House (Canada) Owl Woods…




International Passive House Association launches “Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy” campaign

The International Passive House Association and its partner organizations launch the global “Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy” campaign today. Using the hashtag #EfficiencyFirst, the campaign aims to raise awareness for the vital role energy efficiency in buildings plays in meeting our climate goals. The campaign also demonstrates that Passive House buildings provide a comfortable, healthy and sustainable built environment. The launch includes a competition for social media followers. The International…


“Explain Passive House” competition

Have you seen the well-known visual example describing Passive House as a thermos versus a conventional building as an actively heated coffee machine? It’s time for an update!  In order to celebrate the announcement of the Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy Campaign, the International Passive House Association (iPHA) is running a competition for our followers from the 1st-15th of February! Our #ExplainPassiveHouse competition will showcase what the Passive House Standard is,…


DesignPH | Now Compatible with SketchUp 2021 & Full IP Conversion

Good news from the designPH development team. 2021 brings two fresh updates which will be available for free to existing designPH 2.0 Pro users.   Maintenance update: This brings compatibility with SketchUp 2021 and also a number of bug fixes. Available from February 2021 (* registered users will be notified by email when the download is available) Full IP conversion: Also coming soon will be a major designPH update (also…