Experience the Passive House Difference During the International Passive House Open Days Nov 11-13

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A Passive House building is unlike any other. Owners are eager to share their homes or commercial buildings with the public so that others can experience the difference in comfort.

Over the weekend of November 11 - 13, across the globe and all over the US, the public will have the opportunity to see the remarkable difference in buildings built to a Passive House standard.

But what is Passive House? Passive House is the world's most rigorous energy efficiency building standard. What makes it different from other energy efficiency models is that Passive House focuses on occupant comfort, health and building energy - driving resiliency, healthy indoor air, and reduced carbon emissions. “Passive House buildings are truly like none other and, once you step inside, you’ll notice the difference right away. Passive House methods can be used for any type of building project, including renovations and upgrades,” said Ken Levenson, Executive Director of the Passive House Network (PHN). “Moreover, Passive House design and construction are how we can combat climate change in the building sector,” he added.

The built environment accounts for 39 percent of annual global CO2 emissions, according to the World Green Building Council and Passive House is widely recognized as the most powerful tool we have today to produce buildings that help to mitigate these emissions.

PHN is participating in the twice yearly International Passive House Open Days on November 11-13. Buildings will be open to the public so that people can experience for themselves the qualities of a Passive House building which includes dramatic cuts in energy consumption, comfort, healthy indoor air quality, and affordability.

"It's hard to say in words the impact that Passive House design has on those who live in them - you really have to really feeeeeel it. (That's not a typo!) I've opened my project in Pebble Beach because I want to share the power of Passive House and the amazing buildings it creates. Feeling is believing," said Bronwyn Barry, a Director on the PHN Board of Directors.

Across the US, projects will open in California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and more.

More projects are being added each day across the country and around the world. Find out more: iPHA Nov 2022 Open Days.

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About Passive House Network:
The Passive House Network (PHN) is an independent national non-profit educational organization affiliated with the International Passive House Association (iPHA) and the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany.

PHN has chapters based in the Rocky Mountain Region, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Empire State.

PHN supports the widespread adoption of the international Passive House design and construction standards, building science principles and protocols, as a critical response to our climate crisis - providing unparalleled effectiveness in mitigating climate disruptions and adapting to rapidly changing environmental conditions.

PHN is focused on the inflection point between policy and implementation. We partner with leading stakeholders across all building sectors, including governments, professional associations, manufacturers, owners, builders, labor organizations, and educational institutions – to make the transformation complete.

About Passive House:
Passive House is an international building standard and methodology, applicable to buildings of all kinds from office buildings to hospitals, new-build and renovations, that results in a dramatic
drop in operational energy use, and more comfortable and healthy occupants - meant to aggressively mitigate our climate crisis while providing resilient adaptation.

The Passive House Standard was developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent scientific research organization, located in Darmstadt, Germany, and includes specific requirements for energy use and comfort of occupants. The Passive House Standard is being successfully applied to thousands of buildings and millions of square feet around the world, from Boston to Beijing.

The Passive House methodology starts with reducing cooling, dehumidification and heating loads by focusing, not on gadgets and active technology, but instead on fully integrated durable passive building components, such as proper continuous thermal-bridge-free insulation, continuous airtightness, high-performance windows and doors, and ventilation that includes a high-efficiency heat/energy recovery core, carefully calculated, and all integrated with the entire architectural process of design and construction. http://www.passivehouse.com http://www.passipedia.org

The International Passive House Association is a membership, communications and global community building arm of the Passive House Institute with over 30 affiliated regional Passive House organizations around the world. https://passivehouse-international.org/

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