December 31, 2017

2017 Year in Review

While 2017 was a miserable year for many obvious reasons, we were fortified by the growth of high performance construction projects and awareness. From significant policy achievements in places like New York City, Toronto, Vancouver and the United Nations, to the sheer number of Passive House projects getting built and being planned – there is growing […]

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June 13, 2017

NYPH17 Passive House Conference & Expo – The Place to be June 16th

Make your way to 125 West 18th Street this Friday – and you won’t regret it.  It is going to be a great day of Passive House presentations, discussions, and networking from leading professionals, practitioners, policymakers, owners and suppliers from across New York and the world. From financial analysis of Passive projects to the feasibility of […]

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May 15, 2017

Slideshow: The PHI Conference in Vienna, Pro Clima, Gutex, And Bewiso

Five members of the 475 crew had the opportunity to travel to Europe over the last several weeks. The main target was to attend the 21st Annual  International Passive House Conference in Vienna. While we were in the neighborhood, we couldn’t resist meeting up with a few of our favorite manufacturing partners: PRO CLIMA, GUTEX, […]

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October 3, 2016

New Yorkers, Start Your Blower Doors: It’s Blower Door Day

We’re happy to proclaim October 3rd Blower Door Day – here at our headquarters, in Brooklyn, New York – as the new residential building energy code requiring blower door testing at 3ACH50 comes into effect.  As we noted in May, of course New York isn’t the first to adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and keep […]

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September 30, 2016

Don’t Miss The Passive House Massachusetts Symposium

Calling all New Englanders!  We’re looking forward to participating in the Passive House Massachusetts Symposium, in Boston, on Saturday, October 15th.  It should be a great day of Passive House related presentations and discussions. 475 is proud to participating in multiple roles:  as a vendor, a Gold sponsor and in presenting. Co-founder Ken Levenson will be […]

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June 19, 2016

Urban Green Presents GPRO: Homes – Classes Continue July 28th

If you are a home building professional in New York, Urban Green Council in NYC has a new GPRO resource, GPRO: Homes. GPRO: Homes is an entry-level course, targeting a wide range of professionals – focused on residential construction, consisting of 1-4 family, low rise-homes. The course covers sustainable construction manage practices, and strategies to increase energy efficiency, […]

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May 10, 2016

IPHC Darmstadt 2016: Passive House celebrates 25 years

2016 marks the 25th birthday of the Passive House standard, as well as the 20th installment of the International Passive House Conference that took place April 22-23. How appropriate that the birthplace of Passivhaus – Darmstadt – and the self-proclaimed German “Stadt der Wissenschaft” (“City of Science”) – be the site chosen to celebrate these big milestones. This year it was my turn to […]

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March 1, 2016

See You at BuildingEnergy Boston 2016

Next week is NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Boston Conference & Trade Show, March 9-10 at the Seaport World Trade Center. The annual event attracts over 3,500 practitioners, and focuses on sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Since the start of our company 475 has participated as a vendors and we love coming back each year to […]

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October 8, 2015

5 Takeaways From NAPHN15

What do you get when you combine passion, leadership, ambition, progressive ideas, concern for the environment and the scale of the climate crisis, a drive for collaboration, a focus on community-building, an insistence on better design, an incredibly welcoming city, and the Passive House standard?  Why, it’s the 2015 North American Passive House Network Conference […]

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May 7, 2015

475 Goes to Germany

One of the great treats of being a partner at 475 High Performance Building Supply is the annual trip to the International Passive House conference – this year in Leipzig, Germany,  April 17th and 18th. We have the opportunity to see customers from across North America, visit our leading product suppliers and stay up-to-date on […]

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December 9, 2014

Oh, Canada!

With the 2014 conference and trade show season drawing to a close, the team at 475 caught a glimpse of new horizons while fraternizing with our neighbors to the north last week at the 2014 Construct International trade show in Toronto, Ontario. Loaded with models, samples, and enthusiasm to show off our Pro Clima products […]

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November 5, 2014

West Coast Pro Clima Tour Recap

Pro Clima founder, building scientist, and INTELLO inventor Lothar Moll along with Jens Lüder Herms, head of Pro Clima R&D, toured the west coast in mid-October with me (Floris) to present information, see common construction practices, and analyze how to improve the quality of construction. This trip also coincided with 475 opening of our west coast warehouse, which will […]

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