This briefing summarizes the content of two breakout sessions focused on advancing the Passive House building performance standard as a policy framework. The sessions were held in New York City, on June 13th and 14th, 2016, concurrent with the North American Passive House Network annual conference. Public and private policy stakeholders from across North America and Europe attended.
Each session focused on the opportunities and challenges that result from using the Passive House building performance standard as a policy tool. The first session focused on new construction policies and the second on retrofits. By formalizing the networking that characterizes conferences, and taking advantage of the diverse set of individuals attending the NAPHN conference, the sessions were designed to maximize knowledge sharing and create a fertile environment for progressive action.
The document describes the content of both the professional presentations delivered, as well as the discussions that followed. It also summarizes recommendations for action and suggests steps that might be addressed in future policy round-table sessions.