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Passive House Concepts

pHdesign embraces sustainable design as a key component of our methodology and approach to every project. We rely on our experience designing to the Passive House standard, ongoing research, training, and advocacy work to inform our approach to designing a sustainable future. 


The Passive House standard is an international performance standard that can be applied to any building type. Although it primarily addresses energy efficiency by reducing energy use up to 80%, we have also embraced this standard because it results in a very comfortable home with no drafts, clean air, no mold, is resistant to pests, reduces the size of mechanical equipment (saving interior space), and is very quiet. It is simply a better way to build and we think everyone deserves to live in a healthy and comfortable environment. 


We have been applying this standard to our projects since 2015, including ground up and retrofit residential projects in Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.  We are continually advocating for Passive House and even when we aren’t seeking certification, we apply Passive House principles to our projects. 


To get more information on Passive House, check out these organizations:

PHN (Passive House Network)

NYPH (New York Passive House)

NJPH (New Jersey Passive House)

PHI (Passive House Institute)


Continuous Insulation

High Efficiency Windows and Doors

Thermal Bridge-Free

Energy Recovery Ventilation

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