Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) is a membership organization dedicated to lowering energy use in buildings. PHWPA’s goal is to provide education, promote awareness, transparent resource sharing, and advocacy for Passive House strategies for buildings in our region. In pursuing this goal we will foster a collaborative network to unify the Passive House community in this region and in the country.
The goal of this project was to design to the passive house standard and achieve certification from PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) for the production home builder Brookfield Homes. Brookfield Homes objective was to offer this passive house as an energy efficient upgrade option to their existing base plans offered at the Midtown development.
Recent Blog Posts
PHWPA held it’s Wall assembly throw down on June 1st, 2016. Passive House doesn’t tell you HOW to reach it’s energy target it just tells you to hit 4.75 kbtu/per sf per year for heating and cooling. Passive House is performance based standard; it is not prescriptive. That means there are a variety of paths […]
The Passive House design movement has been the most effective design approach to reducing building energy use for over 25 years around the globe. Although Passive House design began in residential buildings, it is now widely used in many other building types including offices, hotels, libraries, museums, and schools. The passive building strategies developed by […]