March 1, 2018

Fighting Climate Change at Home: Retrofit for Sustainability, Efficiency, and Comfort

The banner in the fight for climate progress is being carried by cities, and it takes all of us doing our part to get the work done. Emerging technologies have made it easier to live sustainably and comfortably at home, while solar power prices have dropped. Combined with high performance building supplies, solar homes have the potential to transition to full-electric power for heating as well as electric demand – removing the gas line completely.


Brooklyn SolarWorks and 475 High Performance Building Supply present the best-case solutions that New York City homeowners are using for future-proofing buildings. Using recent case studies, the presentation will cover everything from specifics of product installation to the economic case for common local improvements .

Who Should Attend:

  • Architects interested in Passive House, Net-Zero, and Deep-Energy Retrofit buildings
  • Homeowners interested in the details of retrofitting for sustainability and comfort
  • Consultants and Real Estate professionals interested in deepening their understanding of green building practices and economic paybacks


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October 24, 2017

Passive House at Full Speed in NYC

We’ve been active in helping incubate the Passive House movement across the continent with particular emphasis on our home turf of New York City.  And the signs of activity have been encouraging – as we’ve reported over the years: June 2017 – Wall Street Journal Hears Passive House Buzz in New York November 2016 – Notes […]

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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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November 29, 2015

Passive NYC: Making the Pathway to 80 by 50

Passive NYC, A snapshot of low energy building opportunities, barriers, & resources, published by the the Building Energy Exchange, demonstrates that Passive House is a force to be reckoned with: in planning the future of our cities, at every level of policy making, and in building design. And 475, with our HQ in Brooklyn, is proud to […]

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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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October 3, 2014

New York City Points to Passive House

In statements made to coincide with the recent UN Climate Summit and the highly attended People’s Climate March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of the city’s new building-focused climate initiative. In a document entitled One City: Built to Last, the New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability lays […]

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August 2, 2013

Let’s Make Airtightness Normal

475 partner Ken Levenson has penned a Snapshot Column for The Sallan Foundation titled Building Efficiency and Blower Doors: Essential Responses to Sandy calling for the NYC Mayor and City Council to include blower door testing in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy – as a first step in making airtightness the new normal.  Read […]

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June 29, 2012

Watch the Passive Passion Documentary

Passive Passion, an engaging and informative 21 minute documentary on Passive House, by Brooklyn based film maker Charlie Hoxie is now available for full viewing, right here on the 475 High Performance Building Supply website. (more…)

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