"As the world continues to grapple with the impacts of climate change, it's becoming increasingly clear that the next frontier for a built environment that supports the health of people and the planet is efficiently upgrading the existing building stock," said Co-Founder, Katrin Klingenberg.
CHICAGO (PRWEB) March 15, 2023
Today, Phius, a non-profit organization that maintains a locally tailored, globally applicable passive house building standard accounting for certifying the vast majority of all passive projects in North America, is excited to announce its virtual Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 on March 21 & 23, in response to the growing demand for more resilient buildings.
The Phius Retrofit Summit will bring together leaders in the passive building industry to explore innovative solutions for retrofitting existing buildings to meet Phius’ passive building certification, which emphasizes adaptability and resilience as we face increasing weather-related events, like snow in hot climates, extreme heat, flooding, and grid exhaustion. The event will feature keynote speakers and interactive sessions, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge techniques for efficiently and effectively retrofitting buildings and network with industry professionals. The built environment is responsible for [up to 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making retrofitting existing buildings to meet passive building standards a critical step in addressing the climate crisis. The smartest path to net-zero energy buildings, Phius enables buildings to function without dependence on unreliable power grids, an increasingly essential need.
Phius has certified more than 3.4 million square feet of passive building projects optimized for adaptability and resilience as climate change redefines living standards. During the Retrofit Summit, speakers will weave together proven retrofit strategies with the latest developments, showcasing a variety of retrofitted projects, including:
- King’s Block (office)
- Hawkins-Yurgalevitch Passive House (single-family)
- Passive Studio (office)
Images of the projects mentioned above are available HERE.
“Acknowledging that the most sustainable place to live is where you already do,” Phius’ Executive Director and Co-Founder, Katrin Klingenberg, commented, "As the world continues to grapple with the impacts of climate change, it's becoming increasingly clear that the next frontier for a built environment that supports the health of people and the planet is efficiently upgrading the existing building stock."
To solve the issue of a mass-scale retrofit and the desire to optimize upgrades taking embodied carbon into account, Phius is currently finalizing a new retrofit program called the Phius REVIVE Pilot. It is centered around setting new design targets for maintaining survivability during extreme weather events in summer and winter. This new concept attempts to optimize and lower the initial embodied carbon investment as much as possible without losing the hallmark passive trait of resilience.
Learn more about retrofitting and the new Phius REVIVE Pilot by joining us at the virtual Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 on March 21 & 23 from 4-6 pm CST. To register today and learn more about Phius and its certification process, visit their website http://www.phius.org/http://www.phius.org/retrofit-summit.
Phius is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to decarbonizing the built environment by making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. We train and certify professionals, maintain and update the Phius climate-specific passive building standard, certify and quality assure passive buildings, certify high-performance building products and conduct research to advance high-performance building. Zero is the goal. Phius is the means.
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