#EfficiencyFirst campaign

The International Passive House Association has produced a pamphlet for their #EfficiencyFirst campaign, detailing the benefits of Passive House, and the ways in which an efficiency first approach provides a pathway to meeting climate goals. Download the PDF below:

#EfficiencyFirst PDF


  • Yestermorrow Design/Build School

    Yestermorrow Design/Build School teaches over 100 hands-on workshops a year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Our intensive, hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.



  • PACE – People’s Action for Clean Energy

    PACE is a public health and environmental organization formed in 1973 by a group of concerned Connecticut citizens to: promote the development of alternative, renewable sources of energy, encourage the efficient use of energy, develop a spirit of conservation among Connecticut residents and challenge Connecticut’s commitment to nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
  • We Are Still In

    We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for 160 years.
  • AIA Connecticut

    AIA Connecticut, a statewide chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is the professional association for Connecticut architects.
  • Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)

    BPI has become the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work.
  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

    The premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.
  • Passive House Institute

    The Passive House Institute (PHI) is an independent research institute that has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept – the only internationally recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction. Learn more about the Institute and its work.
  • Passive House Institute US

    Passive House Institute US, Inc. (PHIUS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard.
  • Home Energy Rating System Index by Residential Energy Services Network

    The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.
  • Green Globes by the Green Building Initiative

    The Green Globes system delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.
  • WELL Building Standard by International WELL Building Institute

    The WELL Building Standard™ is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.
  • Net Zero Energy Building Certification by Living Building Challenge

    Net Zero Energy Building Certification uses the framework of the Living Building Challenge to guide project teams toward projects that divest from fossil fuels. Net Zero Energy projects are among some of the greenest buildings in the world.
  • DOE Zero Energy Ready Home by Department of Energy

    The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a compelling way to recognize builders for their leadership in increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality, and making homes zero energy ready.
  • Net Zero

    A zero energy building produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements, thereby reducing the use of non-renewable energy in the building sector.
  • CTGBC Green Homes

    The mission of our committee is to encourage the adoption in Connecticut of green building practices for both new construction and existing homes. We are a volunteer committee of sustainable building professionals pursuing our mission via a variety of outreach and educational initiatives.
  • U.S. Green Building Council Connecticut Chapter

    CTGBC transforms the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous Connecticut and improved quality of life for all.
  • AIA Committee on the Environment

    This committee promotes the chapter’s involvement in sustainable and energy-related issues and educates its architect members in environmental matters.
  • Living Building Challenge by the Living Future Institute

    The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People from around the world use our regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take.
  • Passive House Alliance – Hudson Valley

    This PHA-HV chapter is your local resource for information about Passive House and the energy professionals who specialize in energy efficient design.
  • New York Passive House

    NYPH is an independent non-for-profit organization that promotes the Passive House building energy standard in NYS and the NYC metropolitan area – through public outreach, education, support of industry professionals and advocacy.
  • passivhausMAINE

    passivhausMAINE works together to support the passive house community in Maine, North America and internationally, creating events to educate and include all who are interested in reducing the carbon footprint of our built environment.
  • Passive House Vermont

    We are a group of about seventy building professionals, architects, builders, consultants, designers and members of the general public who represent about fifty businesses in and around Vermont which are working towards sustainable buildings through employing Passive House methodologies.
  • Passive House Massachusetts

    Using public outreach and education, Passive House Massachusetts seeks to educate the general public about and advance the use of highly energy efficient building construction through the implementation of appropriate standards including, but not limited to, the Passive House standard.
  • North American Passive House Network

    The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) fosters a vibrant and open Passive House community. We are incorporated as a legal Cooperative in order to formally share resources, information and financial benefits and responsibilities. Our common mission is to support and promote regional groups that promote the international Passive House Standard to the public at large. The intent of the organization is to maintain a small footprint and minimize any potential financial demands on member groups.
  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

    Founded in 1974, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA, pronounced “NESS-ee”) is today the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. We, as professionals in the fields of renewable energy and building, embrace whole systems thinking as the path to sustainability.
  • Energy Star

    ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.




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