The Passive House Network

aka NAPHN   |   New York, NY   |
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The Passive House Network

EIN: 82-3468214


The transformation of the built environment, using the tools developed by the Passive House Institute, in a critical effort to combat global warming. We provide training, conferences, and other events to both engage and educate design and building professionals, policymakers, and the general public.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ken Levenson

Main address

1250 Broadway Fl 36

New York, NY 10001 USA

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Formerly known as

North American Passive House Network Inc



Subject area info

Vocational post-secondary education

Environmental justice

Climate change

Energy efficiency

Environmental health

Population served info


NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most buildings - even \u201Cgreen\u201D buildings - use too much energy, provide poor and unreliable indoor air quality, are not safe in black-outs, and are expensive to operate and maintain. The building industry is generally illiterate when it comes to understanding what drives performance, and don\u2019t rigorously connect design and construction choices with climate, health, and social outcomes. \n\nTo complicate things, the corrective steps proposed suffer from low expectations. All involved hedge, impaired by bad habits and confusion. Teams count on technology fixes like renewable power production, to compensate for their building\u0027s poor performance. They don\u0027t understand their own power to support solutions. The unintended consequences are massive resource waste and lost opportunities.\n\nWe are a high-performance building literacy program. We demystify the impact of design and construction choices, raise expectations, and transform how industry stakeholders fundamentally think and work.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


PHN provides comprehensive high-performance building education programs, focused on an integrated approach, utilizing the Passive House methodology, to deliver future-proof buildings for our zero-carbon future, today.

It’s a building literacy program. It demystifies the impact of design and construction choices. It raises expectations, and as a result, transforms how industry stakeholders fundamentally think and work.

The trainings range from introductory, to core instruction, to a wide range of specialized courses - conducted in-person, live-online and on demand online.

Population(s) Served

Knowledge networks are built and cultivated to be a force multiplier of our education training programs. Building on the comprehensive education provided to the full spectrum of industry stakeholders, we then act as a catalyst for the communities of stakeholders to learn from their peers. Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is the key to our growth and the key to our success in driving market transformation. We promote peer-to-peer knowledge networks through a flagship annual conference, symposiums and convening of critical stakeholder peer groups.

In addition to events large and small, we cultivate the culture of knowledge sharing and community through membership and regionally based chapters. PHN is a knowledge bridge between peers at local, regional, national and global levels.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Passive House Association 2011

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NAPHN\u2019s work aims for the following impacts:\n1. Dramatic building carbon emissions reductions, proportionate to the needs of our climate emergency.\n2. A building stock that supports healthy, safe, and financially secure people of all socioeconomic conditions. \n3. High-quality buildings that are accessible to all people.\n\nThe impacts flow from the outcomes our work aims for:\n1. An upskilled building industry workforce - from the construction site to operations management.\n2. New public policies that incentivize Passive House levels of building performance.\n3. New regulations mandating Passive House levels of building performance.\n4. New innovative, value-added, high-performance building components, systems, and processes.\n5. A new building industry culture - of Passive House performance.\n\nThe outcomes flow from the outputs we aim for in our work:\n1. A building industry that thinks differently about the relationship between design \u0026 performance.\n2. Peer networks that share Passive House knowledge directly and informally.\n3. Raised expectations about what is possible and what should be done.

High-quality education. A Passive House education. \n\nThe North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is a high-performance building literacy program. We provide comprehensive, high-quality Passive House education to stakeholders across the building industry - from architects and engineers to builders, tradespersons, and developers, to regulators and policymakers. We demystify the impact of design and construction choices, form knowledge-sharing networks, raise expectations, and transform how professionals fundamentally think and work. \n\nA Passive House education is like that really great teacher you had: giving you an unparalleled technical education, in a grounded way, revealing the underlying logic and connections, the power of ideas; it sparks imagination; it fundamentally leaves you thinking differently about the issues at hand, and leaves you empowered to act effectively. \n\nThere are three basic levels of education we offer: introductory, core certificate courses, and then a range of specialized courses. Each can be delivered in-person, live-online, or on-demand online. Working through networks of professional organizations, higher education institutions, and workforce training organizations we connect our instruction to varied communities of industry stakeholders. \n\nWe take a particular interest in educating policymakers and regulators, to embed this training where paradigm shifts can be instigated. We convene policymakers from varied jurisdictions for peer education and developing a sense of friendly competition. \n\nWe have seen that in areas where Passive House education has been most prevalent, support for Passive House adoption is strong and spurs a rapidly growing number of Passive House buildings, most notably in New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia.

We have extensive resources, from staff, to volunteers, sponsors, and a growing member network - but also collaborators and allies from a variety of organizations. \n\nOur staff produces regular trainings that serve our national audience. We host convening meetings, symposiums and an annual national conference - all bringing stakeholders together for growing networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.\n\nA critical partner is the Passive House Institute (PHI), with which NAPHN is affiliated. PHI is a global building performance research institute based in Germany and provides the quality-assured accreditation, technical capabilities and theoretical knowledge that ultimately illuminates the relationships between building design and performance.

So far we can identify significant accomplishments. We can draw a direct line from our programs to regional, national and international actions to hold the building industry responsible for producing unequivocal positive results commensurate with the existential emergencies we face. \n\nGlobally, NAPHN was part of an international education program that resulted in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (which includes the US) establishing the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. \n\nLocally, New York City, based on the work of professionals and policymakers educated by NAPHN passed Local Law 31 in 2016 that is compelling new City owned buildings to meet energy reduction targets equivalent to Passive House, and NAPHN is currently training the NYC School Construction Authority to support implementation of the law. \n\nAnd regionally, NYC and New York State recently passed additional laws demanding sharp cuts in building carbon emissions, as the New York State Energy Research \u0026 Development Authority (NYSERDA) invested $250,000 into NAPHN Passive House education programs. \n\nToday, stakeholders educated by NAPHN, by their example, and by peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, are changing industry expectations of what is possible. Across the building industry professionals, developers, regulators and policymakers are taking notice.


The Passive House Network
Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.20 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

The Passive House Network

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of The Passive House Network’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2019. Please refer to its 2019 990s for more information.

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 *
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$5,206
As % of expenses -0.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,206
As % of expenses -0.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $556,869
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 64.6%
Membership dues 2.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 33.3%
Other revenue 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $562,075
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 10.5%
Professional fees 27.9%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 61.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $562,075
One month of savings $46,840
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $608,915

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019
Months of cash 1.2
Months of cash and investments 1.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019
Cash $55,957
Investments $0
Receivables $6,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 105.6%
Unrestricted net assets -$5,206
Temporarily restricted net assets $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets -$5,206

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019
Material data errors No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Executive Director

Ken Levenson

Raised in Vermont, with a BArch degree from Pratt Institute, Ken practiced architecture for 20 years in New York City. Starting in 2010, focused on the climate emergency, Ken became a founding board member of New York Passive House, the National Passive House Alliance and the North American Passive House Network. In 2011 Ken co-founded 475 High Performance Building Supply, with a mission to transform the North American construction industry. Ken has served on advisory panels for Urban Green\u2019s 90 by 50 advanced policy report and the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. In 2019 Ken stepped down from the board of NAPHN and the management of 475 and volunteered for Extinction Rebellion. In August 2020 Ken became the fist Executive Director of NAPHN. When not thinking about Passive House or hanging out with his wife and daughters, Ken can often be found walking their Newfoundland dog in Prospect Park.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/18/2023
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Board chair

Craig Stevenson


Term: 2021 - 2024

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2023

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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