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NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo Announced for June 17th, 2014 in New York City.

Passive House is a building standard that promises 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage compared with existing building stock. Proponents of the standard cite energy savings, comfort, health, and affordability among the reasons Passive House is gaining traction among green building and energy specialists. Translated as “Passive House” in English from the German “Passivhaus”, the name conjures an image of a wood-framed home. Though most U.S. certified Passive Houses are homes thus far, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo seeks to add a new perspective to this image.

New York Passive House in cooperation with the Passive House Academy has announced a one-day conference and expo for June 17, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in New York City. The focus of the conference will be big buildings such as multi-family, schools, stores, and office buildings - including a high-rise Passive House proposed for New York City’s Roosevelt Island by Cornell University. Presentations will showcase completed projects from around the world by leading practitioners. The event will also serve as an expo of leading products and service providers that cater specifically to the U.S. Passive House market. Both the conference and expo are focused on delivering information to building professionals.

The conference program offers 10 educational sessions running from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The international character of this global building standard is represented with presentations by practitioners from Austria (Lang Consulting), Belgium (Architectes Associes), Ireland (Kavanagh Tuite Architects), the UK (Architype), New York (Steven Winter Associates) and other US regions (PassivScience). Conference organizers anticipate 15 speakers in total, bringing a broad array of expertise within Passive House building field, focusing on in-depth analysis of the obstacles and opportunities Passive House building provides. Over 30 manufacturers or service providers are expected to be represented in the expo, providing a comprehensive overview of specialized products and knowledge essential for low-energy Passive House building. The expo will run from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm with an open bar cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 pm.

For building designers, builders, and owners, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo promises the practical context necessary to go passive.


About New York Passive House
New York Passive House (NYPH) is a New York State tax exempt trade organization which promotes the Passive House building energy standard in New York state and the New York City metropolitan area. NYPH provides public outreach, education, support of industry professionals and advocacy to support the success and vitality of the Passive House community. See

About Passive House Academy
The Passive House Academy was established by Tomas O’Leary and Art McCormack who have been active in the Passive House arena since 2001. The Academy has a dedicated team of six full time specialist trainers who have earned a strong reputation for delivering highly stimulating training. This team is also heavily involved in the design, detailing and official Certification of Passive House projects, so their teaching is very much informed by on-the-ground practice. With training headquarters in both Europe and the US, the Academy brings international and local perspectives to its work. See

About Passive House
Passive House is an international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt Germany, that represents a roughly 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage and up to a 75% reduction in primary energy usage from existing building stock – meant to aggressively meet the climate crisis carbon reduction imperative while making a comfortable, healthy and affordable built environment. Passive House is the most cost effective pathway toward the growing demand for net-zero or nearly-net-zero construction. Passive House is also a methodology that requires designers to consider orientation, massing, insulation, heat recovery, passive use of solar energy, solar shading, elimination of thermal bridges, and internal heat sources. The term Passive House may also used to refer to a building that has been tested and certified to meet the Passive House standard. Passive House building are extremely energy efficient, healthy and comfortable for occupants, predictable to manage, and resilient by design. See

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