First Book on California’s Passive House Buildings
Los Angeles, September 1st, 2016
Passive House California (PHCA), a non-profit organization promoting the Passive House Standard in California, in collaboration with Low Carbon Productions, a Passive House publisher, will release a book detailing California’s exemplary Passive House buildings during the Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, October 5th & 6th. The book will present 32 buildings, including the first three Passive House buildings in the Los Angeles area, and documents how this building standard is being implemented in California.
About the Passive House Standard: The Passive House Standard is a very low energy consumption building standard defined by the Passive House Institute (Passivhaus Institut.) The concept and metrics were developed in Germany in the 0s and have evolved into a globally applicable standard. The core building science principles combine the fundamentals of Passive Solar and Superinsulation, with a focus on occupant comfort as the primary end goal. Passive House buildings are proven to use up to 90% less energy than regular construction by optimizing their passive features – hence the name, Passive House. Since the ‘90s 30,000 buildings of all types (single-family houses, multifamily buildings, offices, schools, supermarkets, sports centers, high rises etc.) have been certified in various climates across North America and around the world.
Flexibility: The Passive House standard sets very low energy consumption goals, but allows the architect or building designer to create the building they prefer within the required targets. The building design is modified to suit the local climate. The following construction principles need to be respected to meet the energy targets:
- High levels of insulation on walls, roof and floor
- A very airtight building envelope
- Thermal bridge free design
- An active ventilation system
- High efficiency windows
Implementation: The Passive House Standard is now widely recognized as the benchmark standard for new construction, with the supporting EnerPHit Standard providing options and paths for existing and historic buildings to reduce their energy consumption. More and more cities and regions around the world, including many in the U (San Francisco, Marin County, New York), have incorporated the Passive House standard into their building incentive programs, with Vancouver, BC and New York City recently requiring the Passive House standard for new municipal buildings.
This book demonstrates how the Passive House Standard provides a reliable and well-documented path to build and renovate houses to meet our State’s Net Zero Energy targets. More than ever the Passive House Standard is the way to design, build and retrofit our buildings in California.
Contact: Xavier Gaucher – firstname.lastname@example.org – 626 524 0505