NAPHN would like to welcome it’s new Chapter, New Jersey Passive House. Passive House is finally coming to the Garden State! Here’s an update of what they are up to for 2018.

The group started up this year by reaching out to interested parties and creating committees to focus our efforts. At the moment, they have 64 members, with more joining every week as New Jersey has refocused its sustainability goals with the incoming gubernatorial administration earlier this year.

Members, Darren Macri, Gahl Spanier, and Justin Taylor attended the first annual NJ Sustainable Mayors Conference, sponsored by The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Sustainable Jersey, and Rutgers University. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from many groups and municipalities interested in advancing the sustainability cause, and our group was able to foster a prosperous relationship with the organizers and other key policymakers present at the event. The event was live-streamed on Facebook, check out the video below:

The event has also lead to several new potential relationships for NJPH. They have already secured a follow-up meeting with the NJ Clean Energy program, the NJ League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Commissions of Jersey City and Maplewood, and are in conversation with Sustainable Jersey and Representative Josh Gottheimer from NJ’s 5th congressional district.

Their short term goals are aimed at securing their footing in New Jersey and to continuing to grow pivotal relationships. To that end, they are in the midst of creating a website, have just made a logo, will be setting up tours of Passive House projects including the Sure House – a 2015 Solar Decathlon Winner, and will be holding their first members meeting, which will be streamed live online to reach out to the vast number of people interested in Passive House in New Jersey. Darren also was fortunate enough to represent NJPH at the International PH Conference in Munich just a few weeks ago.

Their long term goals will focus on outreach efforts, expanding public knowledge of Passive House and creating pathways to public policy that will accelerate the acceptance of the Passive House standard statewide and beyond.

A crucial event will be their Passive House Designer training starting on October 15-19, registration information here.

And check out their Passive House Building Tour on Saturday, April 28th at 4PM given by Ed May, Passive House consultant and trainer.

What: Tour the SU+RE House, 2015 Solar Decathlon Winner
When: April 28th at 4PM
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

And keep the conversation going afterwards at Zeppelin Hall for Beer & Food, 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ.

GET INVOLVED and help New Jersey Passive House green the Garden State, email: [email protected].