Welcome to Passive House Northwest!

PHnw is a community of Certified Passive House Consultants and others involved with high-performance building. Our goal is to promote highly energy efficient construction through implementation of the passive house concept. We are motivated by the long-term protection of the environment and climate; the promotion of sustainability, quality, and durability in building construction; the creation of a built environment that is healthy for its inhabitants; and the advancement of energy independence and the reduction of operating costs for building occupants and owners.

Passive House is the world's leading standard for energy efficient construction. It combines building enclosure efficiency and passive solar strategies in a system for designing and building cost effective, comfortable, energy efficient buildings. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in projects in every climate zone around the world, ranging from single family homes to very large commercial and institutional structures. More than 50,000 examples have been completed worldwide.

Latest IPCC report issues dire warning: we have 12 years to curb emissions!

The latest report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that we have very little time to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The IPCC is a scientific, inter-governmental body set up under the auspices of the United Nations, at the request of member governments in 1988.

The report makes it clear that if we are to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C – the limit beyond which drastic impacts on our ecosystem are predicted – we must reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2030 at the latest, relative to 2010 emission levels. That's around 60% relative to today's emissions! We are nowhere on track to achieve this at the present, and all of us must greatly increase pressure on our elected officials, public agencies, and industry in order to bring about the rapid de-carbonization of our world. Our future and that of our children depends on it. Minimizing the carbon emissions from our built environment, which comprise approximately 40% of our current emissions, is a critical part of this task.

Passive House offers the most direct and cost-effective way of reducing building-related emissions. Together we can make Passive House a vital component of our climate action solutions.


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