We paved the way for large-scale Passive House design.

Passive House, developed in Germany, is a strict international building standard that drastically reduces energy consumption while creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment for a fraction of the usual energy costs.

Our Passive House experience is unmatched. Handel Architects has a number of Certified Passive House Designers (CPHD) on staff who have lectured extensively on the principles of Passive House design, including recent panel discussions at AIA National, Greenbuild, and the International Passivhaus Institute conference in Vienna.

Handel Architects' work featured in New York Passive House's 2018 publication "From Small to Extra Large: Passive House Rising to New Heights."

Our sustainable approach has made headlines.

Our groundbreaking work in Passive House design has led to a variety of feature articles, including pieces by The Atlantic, Metropolis, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

See all of our recent Passive House awards and recognition.

We are thought leaders in the sustainable design community.

We believe that the best way to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the building industry is to make sustainable design easy to understand and inexpensive to build. Our sustainability team has been teaching and lecturing to a variety of building owners, including private developers, non-profits, colleges & universities, and city agencies. Please contact Jonathan Kinsley, Director of Marketing, if you would like to schedule a discussion on how to meet your organization's sustainability goals.

Some recent conversations:

LEED Certification vs. Passive House: Which One is Right For Your Building?

Why Passive House Buildings Create a Healthier Interior Environment

We are advocates for sensible climate policies.

Recent policy decisions by the U.S. government has only made our work more urgent. Handel Architects is proud to stand with organizations like Architects Advocate who offer a unified, bipartisan voice for the architecture community in regards to climate change.

Learn more about Architects Advocate