Energy Efficient Buildings for a Sustainable Future: Transatlantic Exchange

The impending post-COVID era presents a unique opportunity to build less carbon-dependent economies in a way that addresses social, economic, health, and environmental challenges. Looking toward the future, policy makers must implement the plans, incentives, tools, and technologies needed to truly “build back better” and improve day-to-day life for all people. In doing so, the built environment must not be overlooked. Buildings are a critical piece of the transition to a lower-carbon…


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…


California’s All – Renewable Energy Future

[caption id="attachment_552" align="alignleft" width="480"] Figure 1. Renewable energy sources are incentivized with PER factors (Logo use with permission, PHI. Original Illustration by author.)[/caption] Introducing Passive House Plus and Premium If you’ve been puzzled by the proliferation of ‘net,’ ‘nearly’ and ‘almost ready’ Zero Energy definitions and standards and have wondered just how net or nearly they truly are, take heart.  The Passive House Institute (PHI) has introduced an equitable assessment…