The climate crisis demands a fast transition to zero carbon building.

Our collective future depends on our buildings. The world’s people need healthy places to live, learn, and work. The world’s climate and ecological systems need deeply energy efficient buildings to slash carbon pollution. And the world’s markets need these building solutions to be affordable so they can scale. The Passive House approach meets these needs and can transform the way we design and build. We need public policy to catalyze this transformation, now.

NK’s POLICY INVOLVEMENT

Shift Zero

Shift Zero

NK helped establish this diverse alliance of over two dozen organizations—green building certification bodies, energy efficiency and climate action advocates, and high performance building leaders—working together on common cause: a zero net carbon built environment for all communities. Shift Zero speaks with collective voice to create policies that lead to ambitious, scalable, equitable, and quantifiable impacts in Washington State.

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20 by 2020 Building Challenge

20 by 2020 Building Challenge

Modeled after the Brussels Exemplary Buildings Program, the 20 by 2020 Building challenge aims to provide "proof of concept" that larger Passive House buildings make economic sense, today. The Challenge will catalyze the design and construction of 20 Passive House buildings of 20,000sf or larger in King County by 2020.

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MEETS – Metered Energy Efficiency Transaction Structure

MEETS – Metered Energy Efficiency Transaction Structure

This innovative transaction structure treats buildings as power plants that produce and sell the negawatts generated by energy efficiency. MEETS clears a major obstacle to deep energy efficiency because it solves the split incentive problem and rewards investors in building efficiency with the full return of ongoing energy savings for at least 20 years.

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Passive House Leadership

Passive House Leadership

NK’s leadership team serves on the boards of directors for the North American Passive House Network, Passive House Northwest, and Passive House Western Pennsylvania. We deliver keynote and workshop addresses at industry conferences throughout North America and Europe, and advocate for Passive House and zero carbon building policies at the local level, the regional level, and at the United Nations.

Passive House is a transformative notion and we’re going to be leaders showing this can be done, and can be done everywhere.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio: New York City

Passive House

Passive House design optimizes the light, air, and thermal energy of a building, reducing building energy use by as much as 75%. It’s the world’s most rigorous building energy standard, charting a straight path to zero carbon building. The result is a better way to design and build, with revolutionary performance and predictable results.

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