Zero Emissions Buildings as the Framework for our Future

What do Zero Emissions Buildings look like? The Department of Energy has just finalized an official definition. The new guidance outlines three pillars of a Zero Emissions Building: energy efficient, free of onsite emissions from energy use, and powered solely from clean energy. The definition includes different compliance options for new and existing buildings, but in either case requires zero onsite emissions (with an exception for emergency backup in case…


The latest issue of PASSIVE HOUSE + Magazine

Passive House Plus (Sustainable Building) is the world's first English language magazine focused on building and upgrading to the world's leading low energy standard - passive house (or Passivhaus if you prefer). Published in separate UK and Irish editions, the magazine's focus extends beyond energy efficiency into sustainable building more generally, taking in indoor air quality, water usage and the environmental impact of materials. READ THE MOST RECENT ONLINE EDITION


Great news about Passive House incentives in the state of California!

The California Energy-Smart Homes Program is a residential new construction and alterations program that provides incentives to adopt advanced energy measures and transition to all-electric construction. The program is an all-in-one solution that offers incentives for single family, duplex, townhome, multifamily low-rise, alterations, and accessory dwelling units. The Energy-Smart Homes Program is available to utility customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E®), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E®),…


California Green Building Conference | Los Angeles

Passive House California (PHCA) showcased its mission at the California Green Building Conference, formerly known as MyGBCE, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council California. As the largest and longest-running event for green building enthusiasts in the state, this conference has grown into a comprehensive sustainability experience. PHCA had the opportunity to introduce the benefits of the international Passive House construction standard to new audiences and reconnect with long-time supporters.…


Passive House | Project Tour

“Passive House SB9 & ADUs in CA’s Milder Climates” marked the first in-person Passive House California home tour in West Los Angeles, held in May 2024. Visitors had the unique opportunity to explore an all electric small-scale Passive House Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and a Single-Family Residence under SB9, both under construction in Los Angeles and designed by PARAVANT Architects. During the tour, attendees observed the installation of dense pack…


Implementing Passive House in Title 24 | California Bill Proposal

Climate Action California Needs Your Help - Together, we can make a difference! Passive House California (PHCA) is backing the Climate Action California proposal to integrate the global Passive House construction standard into California’s Energy Building Code Title 24. This move would allow the Passive House Standard to be incorporated into the code as an alternative compliance pathway, enabling the establishment of an ambitious, climate-conscious reach code. This approach represents…


California Green Building Conference 2024

We’re excited to be a part of the California Green Building Conference to work together towards a greener future for all in our state . Explore the latest developments in green building, innovative products and companies, and enjoy socializing with our community! The California Green Building Conference features: Insightful conversations: Table topics guided by field experts over lunch Workshop sessions and panel presentations Unparalleled Networking: Network with over 2,500+ companies,…


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…


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…



Passive House California Virtual Community Meeting | Exterior Shading Devices | Recording

In most of California’s climate zones it makes sense to select and position shading devices can have significant impact on comfort and energy consumption. Taking advantage of solar heat gain (SHG) in winter can significantly reduce heating demand, while minimizing SHG in the warmer months can moderate cooling demand and avoid overheating. The presentation will: Share results of studies showing the most effective ways to employ solar shading Review differences…


iPHA at COP28

iPHA is excited to announce our speaking engagement at the building pavilion during COP28, in collaboration with the GlobalABC. On 10 December, we'll present alongside esteemed organizations such as the European Solar Shading Organization, the American Institute of Architects, and the World Green Building Council. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the strength of the iPHA network. Notably, the GlobalABC will emphasise the "Buildings breakthrough agenda," further underlining the significance of sustainable building…