Ph2011 A60 401
Passive House
WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE?
Passive House is a set of design principles used to attain a rigorous level of energy efficiency in architecture, and can be incorporated into a new build or retroactively applied to existing structures. Buildings designed to the Passive House standard reduce energy needed for heating and cooling by a staggering 85-90%, and are just now becoming more prevalent in the United States. It is the highest benchmark for energy-efficient design and construction today.
A PIONEERING APPROACH
As a firm, we achieve design that is not only picturesque, but sustainable. In 2008, we embarked on our first Passive House build – the Hudson Passive Project. It was the first home in New York State to be certified by the Passive House Institute US, and the 11th in the country.

The Hudson Passive Project demonstrated that high performance did not require a compromise on aesthetics, function, or cost-effectiveness. For over a decade we have been ardent advocates, lecturing and teaching about the benefits of this approach, using our work to prove that these principles can be implemented in any project regardless of style, climate, cost, function or size.

We take a custom approach with every project to ensure we are achieving the highest and most optimal level of performance appropriate for the site, while meeting all of our client’s needs.
  • Fox Hall Barn & Pool
    A completely renovated Hudson Valley barn, built for energy efficiency.
  • Westchester Passive Retrofit
    Our first retrofit renovation project brought this 1990’s home into the 21st century.
  • River Watch Studio
    An open air workspace with increased energy efficiency.
  • West Village Passive Townhouse
    An exercise in careful restoration modernized this 1850’s brownstone.
  • Fox Hall
    This cabin-style, Passive House-certified home draws heavily from its sister barn.
  • Hudson Passive House
    The first home in New York State to be certified by the Passive House Institute US.
  • Columbia Passive Townhouse
    Our revolutionary project dedicated to Habitat for Humanity was the first of its kind for the organization.
  • Kinderhook Church
    The nation’s first new-construction Passive House church.
  • Habitat for Humanity Valatie
    This affordable Passive House model was built to house workers in Ancram.
OUR PASSIVE PROJECTS
Browse our portfolio of Passive House projects here.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
In addition to offering our clients Passive House design services, BarlisWedlick is also committed to supporting non-profit projects in our larger sustainability efforts. Our practice was proud to dedicate the revolutionary Columbia Passive Townhouses to Habitat for Humanity – the first Habitat homes in New York State designed to achieve the Passive House standard.