PHIUS Certified Builder

PASSIVE HOUSE 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.

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.

A building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological at the same time.
Passive House is not a brand name, but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone and that has stood the test of practice.

Yet, a Passive House is more than just a low-energy building.

  • Passive House buildings allow for heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared with average new builds. In terms of heating oil, Passive House buildings use less than 1.5 litres per square meter of living space per year – far less than typical low-energy buildings. Similar energy savings have been demonstrated in warm climates where buildings require more energy for cooling than for heating.
  • Passive House buildings are also praised for their high level of comfort. They use energy sources inside the building such as the body heat from the residents or solar heat entering the building – making heating a lot easier.
  • Appropriate windows with good insulation and a building shell consisting of good insulated exterior walls, roof and floor slab keep the heat during winter in the house – and keep it out during summer.
  • A ventilation system consistently supplies fresh air making for superior air quality without causing any unpleasant draughts. This is e.g. a guarantee for low Radon levels and improves the health conditions. A highly efficient heat recovery unit allows for the heat contained in the exhaust air to be re-used.

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