North American Passive House Network Announces New Chapter: Passive House Western Pennsylvania

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is proud to announce that a new Chapter has been made in its national network: Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA). Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PHWPA has been an active affiliate of NAPHN since NAPHN’s founding in 2011.

“Now, as a chapter of NAPHN we’re excited that the members around our region can plug into benefits that draw on regional, national and international expertise, as befits the universal struggle for low carbon buildings,” said Gary Moisher, a PHWPA leader. “We look forward to drawing clearer connections for our members and community, between local, national, and global contacts, as active participants in a more dynamic and diverse exchange of information, in mutual support.”

PHWPA, working with NAPHN, Penn State University, and others, was instrumental in the formation of the Centers of Excellence, a United Nations initiative, initially forming centers in Pittsburgh, New York City, Vancouver, Wexford Ireland, and Brussels, Belgium, to disseminate and deploy the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards, a framework adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, one of the five United Nations Regional Commissions working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are happy to welcome PHWPA as a chapter. Pittsburgh has been at the forefront of Passive House activity for a long time,” said Bronwyn Barry, NAPHN President, “From institutions like Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Green Building Alliance and the forward-thinking governance of the City of Pittsburgh — the region is an important center for innovation and we look forward to working more closely together.”

As a chapter of NAPHN, PHWPA members are equally NAPHN members and members of the International Passive House Association (iPHA), part of the Passive House Institute (PHI), based in Darmstadt, Germany. PHWPA members can now benefit from discounted admission to NAPHN’s upcoming Annual Conference, PH2020: Choose Your Future, occurring online this year from June 24, through July 29. #PH2020

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