Stay ahead of New York City’s changing energy codes and rapidly evolving real estate market. Schedule a free presentation on Passive House – the high-comfort, low energy-use building standard that is gaining momentum in the NYC market.

Buildings that meet the Passive House standard use 70-90% less heating energy than conventional buildings, have excellent indoor air quality, superior comfort, and are resilient in the face of extreme weather. Given these benefits, it’s no surprise that Passive House construction is gaining momentum in NYC and that local building codes are moving towards Passive House-levels of performance.

Interested in learning more about Passive House but pressed for time? Join BE-Ex for the Passive House Primer – an engaging, one-hour seminar on Passive House fundamentals and their application in the NYC market. Available as a free session delivered at your office, the Primer is ideal for property owners, managers, developers, and anyone interested in gaining a plain-English introduction to high-performance construction concepts. Architects, engineers, and design professionals new to Passive House will also benefit from this fun, introductory course.

The Passive House Primer is offered free of charge at offices across New York City and at the BE-Ex learning center in downtown Manhattan. Get in touch today to schedule a free presentation at your office, or visit the Events Calendar to view upcoming sessions at BE-Ex. Call or email Ashley Verhines at 212.349.3900 or


BE-Ex’s Passive House Primer is taught by experienced professionals who have been carefully selected from a long list of applicants.  Our instructors have decades of experience in the building industry and extensive knowledge of Passive House and high-performance building principles.

Mina Agarabi – Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance, commissioning, and energy efficiency. Mina also serves as an adjunct professor at CUNY College of Technology in Brooklyn.

Lois Arena – Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, has over 25 years experience in the building science field and extensive experience with new and existing buildings. Lois holds both US and International Passive House consultant certifications, and is currently consulting on projects ranging from single family homes to high rise buildings. Lois and is regularly invited to present at national conferences and private firms on topics ranging from moisture control in buildings to roadblocks to Passive House adoption.

In Cho – In Cho is the co-founder and Principal of ChoShields Studio, a Certified Passive House architecture and design firm. In has over 20 years of experience in the field, and is dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible architecture.  In has delivered educational presentations on Passive House locally and internationally.

James Hanley – James Hanley is an Associate at BuroHappold, an international, integrated engineering consultancy. James brings 10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer and project manager, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of ASHRAE NYC. James has also collaborated with the NYC Landmark Preservation Committee to maintain iconic and vital building facades around the city.

Ed May – Ed May is an architect, educator, and co-founder of bldgtyp, an architecture and design firm. Ed holds both US and International Passive House consultant certifications, and teaches courses with Passive House Academy, the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada.

Sam McAfee – Sam McAfee is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Fentrend, an intelligent online marketplace that allows users to find and compare energy-efficient doors and windows. Sam has 15 years of construction experience, and holds both US and International Passive House consultant certifications. Sam has delivered numerous seminars and workshops on Passive House and high-performance design.

Crystal Yue-Hin Ng – Crystal Yue-Hin Ng is an Associate at Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, an award-winning architecture and design firm. Crystal is a Passive House US Certified Consultant, and recently completed work on a 101-unit affordable Passive House project in Queens. Crystal has delivered numerous presentations on Passive House topics.

John Rockwell – John Rockwell is a licensed architect, Passive House enthusiast, and Technical Sales Engineer, for Zehnder America, a leading world supplier of Passive House-grade ventilation equipment. As a former professor of architecture and interior design, John has extensive teaching experience.

Shawn Torbert – Shawn Torbert is the NYC Architectural Manager at ROCKWOOL, a world-leading manufacturer of insulation products. Shawn is a Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer, and previously served on the Board of Directors of New York Passive House. Shawn has contributed to numerous reports and presentations on deep energy retrofits and high-performance design.

Julie Willem – Julie Willem is a partner at A2M, an architecture and design firm that specializes in sustainable, low-energy use projects, including Passive House and net-zero. Julie co-founded the association be.passive, and has produced books, publications, articles, and presentations on high-performance construction. Julie is a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Wolfgang Werner –  Wolfgang Werner is the President and CEO of Urban Fabrick, a sustainability and collaborative design consulting and communications company. Wolfgang is an architect, building sustainability expert, and Certified Passive House Consultant with extensive experience. As an active member of NYC’s green building community, Wolfgang regularly speaks, teaches, and writes on sustainability topics.

Michael Woolsey – Mike Woolsey is a Business Development Manager at Swegon, a leading world supplier of indoor climate, comfort, and passive house-grade ventilation equipment. Mike has 30 years of experience in the building industry, and regularly delivers educational presentations for diverse audiences. Mike is a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Josephine Zurica – Josephine Zurica is a Principal at Dagher Engineering, a building systems engineering firm at the forefront of sustainable design. Josephine is a Certified Passive House Consultant with extensive experience working on Passive House projects, including a mixed-use project in the Bronx that will be among the largest Passive House projects in the US once completed. Josephine has contributed to Passive House reports and is a regular speaker at Passive House conferences.


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