Passive House dormitory for Cornell Tech; Rendering by Handel Architects 

Passive House dormitory for Cornell Tech; Rendering by Handel Architects 

Net Zero Energy Buildings

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) was created in 2013 to share resources and information among regional Passive House associations developing and operating across North America. 

We are pleased to present this book showcasing the successes of these associations and the individual architects, designers, and builders of Passive House buildings on this continent.

The implementation of the international Passive House Standard is dramatically altering the built environment, most notably in regions that have embraced measures to stop climate change. The projects within these pages embody the clear hallmark of the Passive House Standard: a strong framework of performance metrics.  These metrics, accompanied by a set of reliable modeling tools, have allowed a wide variety of design and material options within the boundaries of optimized performance.  

However, the performance of these buildings is not their only important feature. Most notably, the Passive House Standard is a standard defined by occupant comfort. It replaces the typical view of energy reduction from a punitive construct based on deprivation and compromise to one based instead on a vision of the possible:a life-affirming solution of comfort, durability, and health that just happens to deal squarely with the challenge of our century: carbon emissions reduction. 

We hope these examples will inspire you, your city, and your region to action.

Visit NAPHN to view and download Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables.