PHIUS and PHAUS Present Passive Building Place at Greenbuild 2013

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The passive presence grows and evolves to meet the North American market.

The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) will again exhibit and anchor the Passive Building Place at the Greenbuild 2013 exhibit hall in Philadelphia, November 20-21. PHIUS and PHAUS will be at Booth 1423. Adjacent exhibts at Passive Place will include leading passive building component and tool manufacturers including PowerWise Systems (1425), UltimateAir (1522), Yaro Windows and Doors (1524), The Energy Conservatory (1427), European Architectural Supply (1530), Passive Science (1431), and Huber Engineered Woods (1429).

Other PHAUS sponsor/partners that will also be at Greenbuild include Marvin Windows and Doors (1337) Certainteed-St. Gobain (1411). Prosoco (3049), Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling, Tremco Sealants (601), Intus Windows (2955), Wasco (4242) and Zehnder America (1955).

The growing presence of passive building at the show reflects an overall trend: passive building is moving from boutique to best practice, thanks largely to the passive building community’s efforts to adapt passive building principles to North America’s varied climate zones. Another key factor: Quality Assurance and Quality Control. The PHIUS + Certification Program launched in 2012, adding RESNET quality assurance/quality control standards as well as a HERS Index Score to the process. Starting in 2013, PHIUS+ projects also earn U.S. DOE Challenge Home rating. As a result, submissions for PHIUS+ Certification have grown exponentially. Other passive building trends at Greenbuild 2013:

  •     Multifamily and commercial passive building projects are growing fast, evidenced by multiple case studies presented at the recent 8th Annual North American Passive House conference in Pittsburgh.
  •     Retrofits are rocking, too! Retrofits can be problematic, but CPHCs (PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultants) and building scientists are solving the problems—and single-family and large-scale retrofits are a growing opportunity.
  •     The market is taking note. Efforts to mainstream passive and other green building ratings into the MLS system and into the world of finance are gaining momentum.

About PHIUS

PHIUS is a 501(c)3 organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. PHIUS is transforming the building sector by developing and promoting North American specific standards, practices and certifications for buildings, professionals and products to create structures that are durable, comfortable, healthy and super energy efficient.

Founded in 2007, PHIUS has trained more than 1400 architects, engineers, energy consultants, energy raters, and builders. It also is the leading passive building research and information provider in North America. PHIUS has also established strategic relationships with key organizations including the U.S. DOE, RESNET, Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons College, University of Oregon, Habitat for Humanity, Rocky Mountain Institute and others.

Through its PHAUS program – a membership/chapter organization, PHIUS is building a robust support network of local regional passive building communities. PHAUS has 300+ members, 13 regional chapters, and dozens of corporate sponsors—and the numbers are growing.

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