PHIUS Certified Builder


PHIUS Certified Builders undergo rigorous training and pass a certification exam to learn how to address challenges like risk management and component sourcing unique to passive building and specific to North America’s unique climate variations, market conditions, and building components. Certified Builders are well-versed in the on-site implementation and craftsmanship necessary to meet the passive building standards.

PHIUS Certified Builders:

  • Understand passive house principles, including climate-specific detailing, materials, techniques, project management, and quality assurance.
  • Can meet the unique challenges presented by North American climate and market conditions.
  • Have mastered the craftsmanship and techniques – such as air-sealing – unique to passive house construction.

Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive design is not an attachment or supplement to architectural design, but a design process that is integrated with architectural design. Although it is mostly applied to new buildings, it has also been used for refurbishments.

Net Zero Building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

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