The Passive House construction standard is the most rigorous, energy-efficient set of performance-based building technologies currently available, centered on creating ultra-low-energy buildings that have a minimal ecological footprint. A philosophy that took root in the wake of the energy crisis in the 1970s and early 1980s, Passive House has gained considerable traction in our climate-conscious times.
The Passive House concept—which can reduce heating and cooling energy consumption of buildings by up to 90 percent—represents today’s most compelling option for counteracting climate change in the built environment.
Since the first Passive House was built in the Hudson Valley over a decade ago, architects, builders, and home buyers have embraced the technology. New Passive House projects are being built across the state, from Hillsdale to Gardiner to Cooperstown, and beyond. Upstate House’s third annual Passive House Guide highlights the innovations of Passive House technology on the regional level, showcasing leading-edge architecture and building techniques. For more Passive House resources, see page 63 or visit Upstatehouse.com.