Passive House is an international standard for green building which reduces a buildings footprint on ecology. Passive House was created in Darmstadt Germany. And has a much larger concentration in Europe, but is swiftly increasing it’s penetration in the United States. Passive House reduces the buildings operational energy demand through passive measures and components. This includes insulation, heat recovery, solar heat gains, solar shading and internal heat gains.

Passive House provides up to 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a 7% reduction in overall primary energy demand compared to the typical building. This created a building space which is more comfortable, health and affordable.

There are a number of Passive Houses being created in New York City, many of which are located in Brooklyn. These accomplishments will be substantial considering the rapidly increasing cost of living and owning a home in Brooklyn. Most of these Passive House buildings are residential buildings.

Passive House does not only have to be a home, it can be a school, factory, office, etc. It can be a modern or historical building.
The results of a Passive House Green Building are the following:
• Energy Efficient – Reduce energy up to 90%
• Healthy – Fresh Air, free of mold and dangerous contaminants
• Comfortable – Interior environment with steady temperatures
• Affordable – Construction Costs are offset by reduction in system size. Lower energy bills
• Predictable – Electrical and HVAC optimized
• Resilient – maintains habitable interior, better power distribution, reducing power to make net zero

Find out more about Green Building and Green Living at the Eco-Carnival. On Sunday, October 11 the 2nd Annual Green City Challenge Eco-Carnival will be presented at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Avenue C and East 9th Street from 12 – 4 pm. This event is open to everyone and is absolutely free!

At the Eco-Carnival, you will learn about recycling, energy, green building, composting and much more.