Phius Certification is Quickly Becoming the Standard Code for Cities Around the US, with Massachusetts Adopting New Stretch Code in the Latest Advancement
CHICAGO, April 12, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Massachusetts expands energy-efficient, sustainable building standards, with the announcement this week that Boston adopted a new Opt-in building code. Starting January 1, 2024, every new multifamily building built must meet passive building requirements, with Phius certification representing the most established path to reach those requirements. Boston's action makes it the eighth Massachusetts municipality to adopt the code with numerous others expected to follow suit.
Phius, a non-profit organization, puts passive building principles into practice in a way that is more cost-effective, quality assured and climate-appropriate with plans customized to fit each project's needs – unlike other passive certifications. Phius Certification is the leading standard for energy-efficient construction in the world, requiring buildings to meet specific performance criteria, including airtightness, insulation, ventilation and more. Buildings that meet the Phius Certification standard are proven to use 40-60 percent less energy than code-built buildings at minimal to no upfront cost premium.
Boston is the first major city in the United States to adopt this new sustainable building code. The city has been a leader in promoting sustainable building practices, and the adoption of this code is a significant step towards achieving its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, Phius Certified projects nationwide will qualify for a range of incentives offered by utility providers, local municipalities, and the federal government.
Through Mass Save, Boston has partnered with Phius to provide training and technical support to developers who want to meet the new sustainable building code, ensuring that they have access to the resources needed to meet the Phius Certification standards and promote sustainable building practices.
"Demand for building resilience and adaptability is driving new thinking and action on how we design and build homes, offices and institutions," said Phius co-founder and Executive Director, Katrin Klingenberg. "Phius Certified passive buildings are the future of urban development and it's a matter of when, not if, we get there."
Massachusetts's adoption of passive building standards as code marks a significant shift toward a more resilient, energy-efficient future.
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.
Jennifer Karkar Ritchie, Phius, 1 206-354-8049, [email protected]