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
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved this week the state’s new three-year energy efficiency plan that outlines utility directed energy savings programs and with it congratulations are in order for the all those who pushed it to include support for Passive House. This includes Passive House Massachusetts and many of our individual members along … Continued
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
Boston will soon be home the largest Passive House building in the world when it welcomes the new Winthrop Center tower. The massive new skyscraper will be constructed at the Winthrop Square site in downtown Boston and reach 691 feet, becoming the city’s third tallest building. While it will feature a mix of residential, office, … Continued
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
Incorporating sustainable construction techniques inspired by the Passive House standard, a student residence hall has begun construction on the Vassar Street in Cambridge. Read more at MIT News.
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
By Fred Bever, Maine Public You may have heard about passive housing: residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. Imported from Germany, it’s been kind of a boutique-y thing here until recently, with eco-minded homeowners making costly upfront investments to downsize their carbon footprints. But now, New England is joining a surge in large-scale passive … Continued