VIDEO: World’s tallest Passive House building rises in NYC

July 11, 2016 by  
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The world’s tallest Passive House building is steadily rising in New York City, and Inhabitat recently had a chance to check the revolutionary tower out for ourselves. When complete, Cornell Tech’s super energy-efficient residential building is expected to save a whopping 882 tons of CO2 (the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees) per year thanks to its ultra-tight envelope and on-site geothermal and solar energy systems. Keep scrolling to take your own short video tour and get a glimpse of the breathtaking views from the tower’s top floor. When complete, Cornell Tech Residential will provide housing for 536 of the school’s students and faculty on their new Roosevelt Island campus . Designed to meet the requirements of the stringent Passive House standard, which focuses on the use of airtight building envelopes in order to achieve a 60- to 70-percent energy usage reduction compared to traditional construction, the tower will also be a reflection of Cornell Tech’s commitment to innovation and trailblazing technology.

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The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

September 23, 2014 by  
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The rigorous Passive House building standard just got a major update: It will now recognize net zero buildings and buildings that generate more energy than they consume as “Passive House Plus” and “Passive House Premium”, respectively. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, just announced these updates at the North American Passive House Network meeting in Portland, Maine. Read the rest of The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Darmstadt , energy plus buildings , germany , ken levenson , Maine , net-zero buildings , new york passive house , north american passive house network , passive house institute , passive house planning package , Passive House Plus , passive house premium , passive house standard , Portland , renewable energy , surplus energy generations , ultra-high performance buildings , wolfgang feist , zero energy buildings

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Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

September 23, 2014 by  
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Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles into the wild blue yonder, where, after 7 short days of travel watching the space floors fly by, you will land at a specially-constructed space station . Once the project is completed, it will be able to transport people and cargo much more affordably and efficiently than launching a rocket. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon nanotechnology , carbon nanotechnology elevator , nanotechnology , Obayashi , Obayashi Corporation , Obayashi elevator , Obayashi space elevator , Obayashi space travel , Obayashi travel , space elevator , space elevator travel , space transportation , space travel

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

June 30, 2014 by  
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The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both Passive House Institute and Passive House Institute U.S. , and available with R-15 quad glazing. ZNC Fixed Windows can be as large as 8’ W and 10’ H, and Tilt & Turn Windows as large as 5’ W by 9’ H. High performance passive house windows, such as Zola Windows, are a key ingredient in this revolutionary approach to sustainable design. Passive houses must be extremely air-tight and well-insulated, and it is impossible to achieve this in a building without extremely well crafted windows. + Zola Windows The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , glazing , green design , passive house institute , Passive House Institute U.S. , passive house windows , quad glazing , R-15 windows , sustainable design , windows for passive house homes , ZNC , Zola

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The First Passive House in Texas is Actually an Amazing DIY Renovation

August 5, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of The First Passive House in Texas is Actually an Amazing DIY Renovation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , austin , e green group , eco design , eco house , eco renovation , egreengroup , equitable green group , first passive house in austin , first passive house in texas , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , green house , green renovation , high performance envelope. nick blaise , misha blaise , passive house , passive house institute , remodel , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , texas        

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