Passive House Primer

Stay ahead of NYC’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.

The Passive House Primer is an engaging, one-hour seminar on Passive House fundamentals and their application in the NYC market. 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.

Get in touch below to schedule a free presentation at your office, or visit the events calendar to view upcoming sessions at BE-Ex.

This program is available for 1 AIA LU|HSW. 



Our Instructors

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.



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.

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.

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.

Crystal Yue-Hin Ng

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

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.

Shawn Torbert

Shawn Torbert, LEED AP, is the NYC Territory Manager for Advanced Architectural Products. A Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer, Shawn has decades of experience in sustainable building materials and high performance/low energy building technologies and design. He has served on the Board of Directors of New York Passive House (NYPH) and helped establish the New Jersey Passive House Chapter.

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel, CPHD, CDT, is the NYC Architectural Manager for ROCKWOOL. Todd has over 19 years of technical experience working on building enclosures and façade systems. He is a board member and chair of the executive committee for RAiNA (Rainscreen Association in North America) while also serving on the board of directors for NYPH (New York Passive House).

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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