Cities have Problems That The Passivhaus Institut Building Standard can fix.
Here's the secret: It doesn't cost more. There's no gimmick. It's common sense. It creates local Jobs. IT improves the environment.
Between New York City and Chicago alone over 1.2 million "small building" renovation opportunities present creating enormous entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals committed to the Passivhaus Institut Building Standard. Many of these small buildings consist of brick and lime mortar construction. Renovation of these structures to the Passivhaus Institut Building Standard not only makes business sense, it’s an environmental necessity.
Chicago’s grid is 90% carbon fuel dependent. Over 450,000 attached or detached single family renovation opportunities present. According to widely published sources, over 70% of Chicago’s CO2 emissions result from powering its commercial, residential and institutional buildings. As a signatory to the C40 Cities accord (www.c40.org) Chicago must cap its annual CO2 emissions to some 6 million tons by 2050. This requires the elimination of over 25 million tons of annual CO2 emissions between then and now. In this battle, no other weapon pack as powerful a punch as the Passivhaus Institut Building Standard.
Cornell Technology Center -- Roosevelt Island, NYC -- June 16, 2016
Watch this great video on Cornell Tech and the construction of the world's tallest Passivhaus Institut Certified Building.