Updating Building Codes for Zero-Energy and Passive House

At our last monthly meeting in February we welcomed speakers for a discussion on updating building codes to encourage Net-Zero and Passive House buildings. Below is a summary of that discussion: The building code has long been a follower and not a leader of best practices in sustainable building, but this year we have an … Continued

Wheaton College Goes Passive

When Wheaton College went to build a new residence hall, they not only wanted more space for their students, but to also create a model for environmental sustainability. The result is an ambitious Passive House dorm that reduces energy use while creating a healthier and more comfortable home for students. The 45,000 square foot building … Continued

MassCEC Launches the Passive House Design Challenge

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has issued a call for solicitations for a new funding program aimed at promoting Passive House buildings. The Passive House Design Challenge is meant to demonstrate that multi-family affordable housing can be built in Massachusetts to the Passive House standard at a low to no cost premium. The program … Continued

Passive House Funding and Policy Initiatives

Passive House in the EEAC Three-Year Plan After a year of work from our members and partners, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) has officially included funding for Passive House in the their new three-year state energy efficiency incentive plan. This includes funding for: • Passive House Training for contractors and consultants • Passive House … Continued

Passive House Policy Initiatives

Passive House in the EEAC Three-Year Plan The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) is currently drafting their next Three-Year Plan for how to allocate energy efficiency program funding in the state and they’re considering including programs to fund the development of affordable Passive House buildings. The current draft is available here. Passive House Massachusetts, … Continued

Emerging Professional Scholarship

PHMA Emerging Professional Scholarship for PHIUS CPHC Training This scholarship will award one recipient with a fully funded registration for the upcoming PHIUS CPHC training in Boston from May 14 – 18. Candidates should have experience in the fields of architecture, construction, or building engineering with a focus on high-performance buildings. As an emerging professional … Continued

Energy-saving Quincy home costs $215 a year to heat, cool.

Design New England profiles a Passive House in Quincy designed by GO Logic, noting that it’s “ cool [on a warm summer day], comfortable, moderately priced, cheap to operate, and good for the environment” and that “the only other warmth comes from, remarkably, body heat, electric towel warmers and radiant floors in the bathrooms, waste … Continued