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Why Smart Cities Need Passive House Buildings

Why Smart Cities Need Passive House Buildings Passive House is the best building standard to bring the physical infrastructure of the smart city up to the level of the digital infrastructure. Thanks to Sidewalk Labs’ announcement of their massive waterfront project in Toronto and Bill Gate’s $80 million purchase in Arizona, news about smart c … read more

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How Many Blower Door Fans Does It Take to Test a 26 Story Tower?

How Many Blower Door Fans Does It Take to Test a 26 Story Tower? Passive House Certification of The House at Cornell Tech Blower door test being completed on June 3rd. Ten? Nine? Eight? Seven? Six? Five? Four? Three? Two? If it's the Certified Passive House at Cornell Tech? Just one. This astonishing fact is one of the many a … read more

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Experience the Future: Visit a Passive House during International Passive House Days

Experience the Future Visit a Passive House during International Passive House Days You've heard of Passive House. You've noticed a Passive House job site near you. Or you've read about the growing number of Passive House buildings in magazines, newspapers and blog posts. Now you can experience for yourself, what all the buzz is abo … read more

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Foam Board Fire in New York City

Foam Board Fire in New York City On December 14th a NYU Langone Medical Center roof caught fire.  As reported on dnainfo by Ben Fractenberg and Aidan Gardiner: Workers were cutting metal when a spark flew onto a roofing insulation material called "rigid board" and caught fire on the seventh floor of 560 First Ave. near East 30th Street, … read more

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Year in Review: 6 Bright Spots from 2016

Year in Review: 6 Bright Spots from 2016 2016 was a good year for high-performance and Passive House building. 475 is grateful to participate in making a new paradigm for robust sustainability. We are inspired by the great work our customers do across Canada and the United States. Here's a sampling of things that came about in 2016 to … read more

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Avoiding the Abyss: Climate Crisis, Apollo 13 Passive House in the Age of Donald Trump

Avoiding the Abyss: Climate Crisis, Apollo 13 & Passive House in the Age of Donald Trump As the New York Times, post-election, reminds us: if Trump abandons the commitments of COP21 made in Paris, other countries like India will likely become disincentivized to act. If this comes to pass it will be impossible to prevent runaw … read more

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