March 15, 2018

475 Switches from FedEx to UPS and USPS

For years, FedEx has been the default shipping method used on, as of this week 475 will discontinue using FedEx in the US, wherever possible. Like our outspoken opinions on building industry support of petroleum products, our approach to FedEx is, “less is best”. What does this mean for you, our customers? First, you […]

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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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October 6, 2017

475 News From Around the Web

September was a big month here at 475. We’re proud to see our happenings have been popping up all over. From the new Cornell Tech Passive House building to New York politics to articles featuring our woolly friends at Havelock, our projects, products, and partners have been getting some great press that we need to […]

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September 7, 2017

The First 475 Product: Rotary Switch for Lunos

The newest item in 475’s inventory is the first developed in-house. We’re proud to announce the arrival of the Rotary Switch, also known as ‘The Miceli’ in honor of its inventor, for Lunos e2 and eGO heat recovery ventilation fans. Our mission is to be a catalyst that pushes North American construction toward high performance, […]

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June 14, 2017

Wall Street Journal Hears Passive House Buzz in New York

The Wall Street Journal article, titled online, Striving for Energy-Efficiency in New York, by journalist Keiko Morris, captures the magnitude of the sea change in Passive House building, in a quote by 475’s own Ken Levenson: In 2010, the New York region had about 50,000 square feet of passive-design building projects planned, said Ken Levenson, founding board […]

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May 18, 2017

Good Products Aren’t Enough: It’s The System – So Let’s Change it.

What Are We Doing? Are we kidding ourselves? Trying to be a conscientious consumer, we try to pick sustainable materials and products – making more sustainable decisions – with the desire to “vote with our wallets” and promote “green industry” that will have beneficial effects in our fight against climate change and other environmental and social […]

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May 17, 2017

New England Forges Ahead: Passive House Buildings

When advocating for Passive House buildings it’s often not very convincing to point to successful projects in other countries.   People understandably want to see local professionals working successfully with local builders and local owners. Local examples of Passive House building are critical to achieving popular acceptance. Consequently, 475 is happy to support the recent publication 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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May 10, 2017

A Bright Future Ahead As The 475 Crew Grows

While some might have serious issues with 2016, this year is shaping up to be pretty great for your friends here at 475. We have several things in the works that we’ll be announcing in the following months. But as with any business, everything starts with the people who make it. On that note, we’re […]

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January 1, 2017

What’s 475 About – Reflections for a New Year

When people ask what do we do, one abbreviated response is: “We sell tape.” Though “we sell tape” describes a simple act, it is one with a potentially huge impact. We sell air-sealing tape as a specialized and critical component in a complete building enclosure airtightness system, which is the foundation of a low-energy building. […]

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December 20, 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 give us hope in these dark […]

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November 1, 2016

Notes From New York: Lessons From A Growing Market

Passive House is growing around the world.  Yet some regions seem to be moving farther, faster.  Why? 475’s own Ken Levenson had a chance to explore this question when asked to talk about what’s happening in the New York region as the keynote speaker at the recent Passive House Massachusetts Symposium in Boston.   What […]

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September 9, 2016

In The News: Home Performance Industry using Intello Plus

A new energy efficiency rebate offered to homeowners in Bangor, Maine has been getting some press. And cutting edge home performance contractors are carving out a high performance niche in the competitive energy efficiency market. INTELLO Plus for Home Performance Retrofits One such contractor is Penobscot Home Performance, based in Bucksport, ME. They apply INTELLO Plus and other high performance […]

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September 6, 2016

Airtight In One Minute With EcoCor

Chris Corson and the crew at EcoCor in Searsmont, Maine are brewing a building revolution. Think of it like the modular building version of the Tesla factory. I essentially watched the majority of a building appear over the course of 3 days, built by 5 crew members with laser precision. Passive House, (nearly) foam-free, and built […]

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July 8, 2016

Introducing Havelock Wool: A Truly Sustainable Insulation

In the green building world we sometimes take time, effort, and research to replicate natural processes. Bill McDonaugh puts this eloquently when he notes we should create objects that aspire to the performance abilities and services of trees: What if our homes and workplaces were like trees, living organisms participating productively in their surroundings? Imagine a building, enmeshed in […]

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June 9, 2016

NEW: PHI-A Certified, Simulated Double-Hung, Landmark Windows

The VICTORIA Window We’re excited to introduce the newest addition to the 475 High Performance Building Supply product line: VICTORIA windows. We’re debuting this new, important addition at the NAPHN16 Conference. If you’re attending, please make sure to speak to us at the 475 booth, or contact us online for further details. This well-crafted fenestration comes to us from BEWISO […]

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April 12, 2016

475 Announces Product Warehouse Location in Canada

The new warehouse expands the range for same-to-three-day delivery in Canada 475 High Performance Building Supply is proud to announce a new product warehouse in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shipping times using the Expedited Ground Shipping option at checkout can be as fast as same day for the Vancouver metro area and will be drastically reduced […]

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April 1, 2016

475 Announces Restructuring: Will Promote Plastic Spray Foam Insulation (an April Fools post)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOTE: This is a humorous post issued on April Fools’ Day.  We hope you enjoy it! The 475 governing board, after careful deliberation, has determined that the company’s efforts to enable high-performance, sustainable, Passive House buildings has fallen far short of investor expectations.  The principle culprits identified are the misguided “Foam Fails” campaign and their declaration regarding […]

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March 28, 2016

JLC Reports on Success of Foam-Free Unvented Flat Roof Assembly

475 enables more robust assemblies that are less toxic. Such was the case with the Whitchurch home in northern Vermont – working with the owners and their dedicated Passive House team at Montpelier Construction. The walls were a variation on the I-Joist outrigger configuration with dense pack cellulose between DB+ membrane inboard and SOLITEX Mento Plus […]

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March 7, 2016

475 Welcomes Ben Leer: New York’s Product Consultant

475 is proud to be a leader in high performance building, and while we’ve has enjoyed our expansion to larger regions such as the west coast and Canada, we haven’t forgotten where it all started… New York. 475 is happy to announce a returned focus to the Empire State with our newest Product Consultant, Ben Leer. […]

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October 8, 2015

475 Press Release: The Canadian Site is Live

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 475 High Performance Building Supply Unveils New Canadian Website: A rise in energy efficient building and the growing popularity of Passive House is driving  demand for high performance building materials in cold climates New York-based 475 High Performance Building Supply announced today the release of a Canadian platform for high performance […]

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September 9, 2015

Pro Clima’s Best-Sellers Achieve Declare Label

Product Transparency Comes Into Focus For INTELLO Plus, TESCON VANA, and TESCON Primer RP 475 has achieved the Declare building product transparency label for our best-selling tapes and membranes. The Declare label aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication by serving as a voluntary ‘nutrition-label’ for building materials. Declare integrates with the Living Building […]

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August 27, 2015

Obama Endorses Passive House Initiative: This is BIG

In stunning news from Washington DC this week, the White House announced as part of a comprehensive plan to bring renewable energy and energy efficiency to households across the U.S. , that New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) in collaboration with NYSERDA, is launching a Passive House track:  The White House press release makes […]

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August 26, 2015

A Must Read Book – Net Zero Buildings: Passive House + Renewables

475 is always looking to enable more efficient, more robust high-performance buildings: Passive Houses and the spectrum of greater efficiency leading to Passive House.  The mantra is reduce the energy demand, reduce the need to produce power, increase the resiliency.   But let’s face it, “Net Zero Buildings” as a term has incredible emotional pull.  Never mind […]

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August 24, 2015

GBA article highlights “Convergent Evolution”

Net-Zero Homes Show Signs of Convergent Evolution by Martin Holladay in Green Building Advisor gives a glimpse of an encouraging future: high-performance building coupled with renewable energy.   On a hike in Norwich, Vermont, the author of Musings of an Energy Nerd, came across a house with a tell-tale sign of forward thinking: PV panels covering […]

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August 10, 2015

475 Joins NYC ACRE – NYC’s Leading Clean Energy Incubator

475 High Performance Building Supply is proud to announce we have been accepted as a “virtual tenant” of NYC ACRE, the premier incubator in New York City for business startups focused on energy transformation. Founded by Mayor Bloomberg in PlaNYC 2030 and funded in part by NYSERDA, NYC ACRE forms a crucible for innovation and economic […]

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August 5, 2015

Press Release: Construction Guide Tweaks Traditional Details for Energy Efficiency

475 High Performance Building Supply Announces Publication Of The Next Free Construction Detail eBook In Their Continuing Series With the announcement of a new ebook release online this week, Brooklyn-based 475 High Performance Building Supply (475) is offering building professionals a new tool to transform the common 2×4 framed wall. This spin on traditional construction […]

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June 22, 2015

Cornell’s New Campus Breaks Ground and Passive House is the Main Attraction

  This spring we said “Passive House Poised To Go Big.” Now we’re saying “Passive House Is Going Big.” On June 16th, Cornell Tech held a groundbreaking ceremony on Roosevelt Island. While the event took place to announce Bloomberg Philanthropies $100Mil gift to the new campus, the “BOOM!” heard round the low-energy/high-performance world was news that […]

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June 9, 2015

475’s eBook Series Continues: High Performance I-Joist Assemblies

475’s first ebook, High Performance Historic Masonry Retrofits, has been hugely successful. And we thank you for the support and feedback we’ve gotten. In light of that, we’ve been eagerly plowing away at book #2, and are proud to announce the beta version of our follow-up: High Performance I-Joist Assemblies. This will be the first of several we […]

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April 1, 2015

New York Times: Passive House Poised To Go Big

If you make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. Passive House builders in NYC got recognition for making it happen in last weekend’s New York Times Real Estate section. As New York Passive House trumpeted, it’s been launched above the fold. There’s so much to say about this most recent take on the […]

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