Mass Save Incentives Expanded to Include Smaller Buildings

The Sponsors of Mass Save® have just announced an expansion of the Passive House Incentive Program to include all multi-family buildings of five or more units. Previously, only multi-family buildings that were four or more stories were eligible. Now, all multi-families regardless of the number of stories will qualify, as long as they still have … Continued

Somerville Includes Passive House in New Zoning Plan

Passive House is now ingrained into the City of Somerville’s development policy. The City Council approved the new Somerville Zoning Ordinance in December. This plan provides Passive House certification as qualification for density bonuses in residential projects. It also requires Passive House certification, or Living Building certification, in certain Master Planned Districts, including areas around … Continued

Brookline Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Buildings

While the Passive House standard does not require electrification of buildings, many projects strive to entirely avoid the use of gas, and now in at least one town in the state they’ll have to just that. This past month, the Town of Brookline officially adopted a bylaw that prohibits the installation of oil and gas … Continued

MassCEC Awards Eight New Passive House Developments

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Passive House Design Challenge program has awarded grants to eight affordable housing developments throughout the state that will be built to the Passive House standard. The Design Challenge seeks to demonstrate that multi-family affordable housing can be built to the high efficiency levels of Passive House at a low-to-no cost premium. … Continued

Creating a Net-Zero Stretch Code

At this year’s Passive House Symposium, we featured a session on updating the Massachusetts Stretch Code for Net-Zero and Passive House buildings led by Rebecca Winterich-Knox of the Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN). Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in learning more about how we can make our buildings better, safer, and more efficient. You can check out Rebecca’s … 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 June 17 – 21, 2019. Candidates should have experience in the fields of architecture, construction, or building engineering with a focus on high-performance buildings. As an emerging … Continued

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

Passive House Funding Included in State Approved 2019‑2021 Energy Efficiency Plan

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

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

Passive House Reaches for the Sky (and the record books) in Boston

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