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North American Passive House Network Announces the Appointment of Four New Board Members

NAPHN Board Members

New board members add critical new perspectives as NAPHN grows at the start of 2021.

New York, NY. January 6, 2021 –  The North American Passive House Network announced today the appointment of four new board members to the board of directors. This brings the number of board members to ten.

Alexandra Kaplan is a Senior Project Manager and Associate Director of Fund Management at Hudson Inc, a New York City building development company, whose projects include the Passive House residential tower at Cornell Tech. Derrick Tillman is the President and CEO of Bridging the Gap Development LLC, a Pittsburgh based, socially responsible development firm, currently developing Passive House affordable housing. Eddy Voltaire is a consultant at Design Construction & Sustainability, based in New York City. Jay Murdoch is the Director of Industry Affairs at Owens Corning, and is based out of Washington DC. 

Alexandra Kaplan noted, “When we look to the strategies that are most successfully addressing the health of people, cities, and our global climate environmentally and fiscally – Passive House is the answer.  I am thrilled to join the board of the NAPHN to showcase why Passive House is the solution for the here and now.”

Derrick Tillman added, “As a Passive House building developer, we utilize educational resources NAPHN provides to develop innovative residential and commercial spaces in communities with a need for quality affordable housing and good-paying jobs. I’m excited to use my experiences to inform NAPHN’s growth, and help maximize its transformational impact.”

“We are proud to announce these new board members,” said Board Chair, Bronwyn Barry. “They each bring a commitment to Passive House and changing business as usual in our industry – each with a fresh and distinct perspective.  We expect their voices and support will make our board even stronger and more effective as we look to grow the impact of NAPHN significantly in 2021.”


For a complete overview of the current Board of Directors – click here.

About NAPHN: 

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is an independent national non-profit educational organization affiliated with the International Passive House Association (iPHA) and the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany. 

NAPHN has chapters based in New Jersey (, Washington DC (, the Rocky Mountain Region (, Minnesota ( and Western Pennsylvania (

NAPHN supports the widespread adoption of the international Passive House design and construction standards, building science principles and protocols, as a critical response to our climate crisis – providing unparalleled effectiveness in mitigating climate disruptions and adapting to rapidly changing environmental conditions. 

NAPHN is focused on the inflection point between policy and implementation. We partner with leading stakeholders across all building sectors, including governments, professional associations, manufacturers, owners, builders, labor organizations, and educational institutions – to make the transformation complete. 

About Passive House: 

Passive House is an international building standard and methodology, applicable to buildings of all kinds from office buildings to hospitals, new-build and renovations, that results in a dramatic 

drop in operational energy use, and more comfortable and healthy occupants – meant to aggressively mitigate our climate crisis while providing resilient adaptation. 

The Passive House Standard was developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent scientific research organization, located in Darmstadt, Germany, and includes specific requirements for energy use and comfort of occupants. The Passive House Standard is being successfully applied to thousands of buildings and millions of square feet around the world, from Boston to Beijing. 

The Passive House methodology starts with reducing cooling, dehumidification and heating loads by focusing, not on gadgets and active technology, but instead on fully integrated durable passive building components, such as proper continuous thermal-bridge-free insulation, continuous airtightness, high-performance windows and doors, and ventilation that includes a high-efficiency heat/energy recovery core, carefully calculated, and all integrated with the entire architectural process of design and construction. 

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