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…


International Passive House Open Days 2024

On June 28-30, 2024, experience Passive House for yourself at the Passive House Open Days! The International Passive House Open Days are a great opportunity to learn about Passive House and energy efficient buildings. Get in contact with current owners and learn first-hand what it is like to live in a Passive House and what the building or retrofitting process was like. Some open houses and buildings will even have…


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



Electrification and the Grid | Community Meeting

Concerns are often raised about how the growing movement toward electrification of buildings and transportation will impact the electric grid and the utilities’ ability to supply affordable, reliable power to its customers. However, the utilities in California are putting into place plans to support the state’s goals for carbon neutrality by 2045, and to meet the challenge of a clean energy future. Energy Codes and how buildings are designed to…


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.…


Academic Performance: A Passive House Schools Symposium

Passive House has proven adaptable and effective at all levels of learning, from preschool to universities. While there are many demands, there are also many strategies for success. As we push toward electrification, public shelter in extreme weather, and flexible infrastructure to serve the needs of fast-changing educational environments, this symposium will look at the unique challenges schools present, Passive House strategies that are working, and the new Passive House…


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…


“Performance Advantages of Air-To-Water Heat Pumps”

Heat pumps are the future of heating and water heating not just in the USA but around the world. Heat pumps, through the near-magic of a carefully designed refrigerant circuit, transfer heat rather than creating heat through combustion or electrical resistance. In doing so, heat pumps achieve efficiencies and “coefficients of performance” between 250% and 500%. Air-to-water heat pumps, like Stiebel Eltron’s WPL monobloc heat pump can provide super high…