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Call for Papers: The PHIUS 15th Annual North American Passive House Conference, October 13 - 17

Amid the coronavirus tumult, we continue to look forward to better days--like this year’s 15th Annual PHIUS North American Passive House Conference. Presented in partnership with NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), the conference will be held in Tarrytown, New York, proximate to fantastic passive projects in New York City as well as the Hudson Valley. 

NYSERDA has helped make the Empire State a leader in energy and carbon reduction. The annual PHIUS North American Passive House Conference--the largest and longest running passive building event in North America--provides the perfect forum to make NYSERDA's successful programs a keystone of the national discussion. 

As always, the Conference provides a forum to share the best of passive building through case studies, best practices, lessons learned, and product knowledge. Broadly, we're looking for:
  • Passive building best practices, standards, design tools, science
  • Proven technology, materials, systems
  • Successfully completed case studies in all climates with all construction types: Single, multifamily (lo, mid, hi), commercial, retrofits
  • Lessons learned from professionals in the field/practice
Deadline for abstracts: April 13, 2020
Pro Tip: Complete your abstract off line and save the doc. Then copy and paste the info into the online form to avoid losing your work to an online glitch.

CPHC® and CPHB Training Updates

Due to the coronavirus, three upcoming classes have been postponed:

New York Phase II, in-class CPHC program scheduled for March 16 - March 20. PHIUS will reschedule when doing so is prudent and will keep enrollees informed about new dates.

The Chicago CPHB builder training program scheduled for March 31 - April 2 has also been postponed, tentatively rescheduled for the week of June 22. (RDH Building Science will be in direct contact with enrollees.)

Tthe builder training program at Yestermorrow Design/Build March 16 - 19 has been postponed, tentatively rescheduled for the week of June 29. (Yestermorrow and RDH will contact enrollees directly.) 

Currently, the Austin, Texas builder training program scheduled for May 6 - 8 will run as scheduled. (RDH will provide updates to enrollees directly.) 

Speaking of the Virus

We appreciate your patience as we all work through this together. Be advised that in light of the situation, PHIUS is exploring ways to make more training available online ASAP. In addition, we will announce more webinar opportunities in the near future. 

Speaking of Webinars: Join Us March 23 to Talk...Spaghetti Carbon - Era

We are kicking off our series of webinars to help certified professionals maintain their credentials and spread the passive building knowledge. 

This month a trio of experts will discuss a hot topic: embodied and operational carbon accounting. The results comparing the operational and embodied carbon in several buildings will be analyzed and conclude with solutions for making low carbon buildings more accessible for diverse project types.

Date & Time: March 23, 2020 12:30PM EST - 1:30 PM EST


Register Here 

*Webinar will be recorded for on-demand viewing 

Want to present a webinar? Fill out this form.

PHIUS and ILFI Collaborate on Dual Certification Guide

Deciding whether to pursue PHIUS+ Source Zero or the International Living Future Institute Zero Energy (ILFI)  certification? Well, it's not either/or.

PHIUS and ILFI have produced a document that illustrates a considerable overlap between the two, as well as how the two standards differ. It's called Zero Energy and PHIUS+ Certifications: Charting the path for seeking a dual rating. 

Download the PDF here.

High Performing Buildings Publishes a Comprehensive Feature on Passive Building by PHIUS' Lisa White

High Performing Buildings magazine made passive building its cover story for its spring issue, featuring a photograph of Beach Green Dune  in New York. 

Written by PHIUS Associate Director Lisa White, it's a comprehensive look at passive building, and it's something that should come in handy with your clients. 

Download the PDF here

Planning an Alliance Event? Want to Start a Chapter? Apply for an Alliance Grant

The PHAUS Council, with support from the PHIUS board, now offers a new grant program available to Chapters and to PHAUS members intended to support the development of new chapters, new initiatives, and to help spread the word about Passive House. The council has set aside $10,000 from this year's budget to fund this grant initiative.

  • Chapters in good standing can apply for a matching grant for up to $2,000 to help fund a larger chapter initiative.
  • Individual PHAUS members in good standing can apply for grants up to $500 to help promote passive house or for chapter startup.

Details and Application

Check out Klingenblog for PHIUS+ Indoor AIRplus Update

PHIUS+ QA/QC Manager Tony Lisanti covers the latest news and updates from the US EPA on the Indoor AIRplus program and implications regarding radon remediation.

Read all about it

Bad News, Good News for Net Zero Summit

Originally scheduled for March 24 - 25, NetZeroBuild Summit 2020 has been postponed until August 25 - 26, 2020.

But, the good news is that means if you haven't registered yet, you can still make plans to attend. And as PHIUS constituent, you're eligible for a 50 percent discount. Just enter the following discount code when registering:

Register here

The event, to be held in Novi, Michigan, brings together the key stakeholders involved in the Midwest’s value chain for net-zero construction in residential, commercial, academic and government buildings for the very first time.

Hosting more than 250 leading architects, policymakers, contractors, system manufacturers, building owners and real estate executives, this new conference is an opportunity to access the latest green building expertise and identify suppliers to help deliver sustainable, energy efficient construction and renovation projects. 

More information

Congratulations to These
PHIUS+ Project Teams

Final PHIUS+ Certification

  • Cascade Hudson Apartments, Project #1388
    Seattle Washingont
  • Casa LaVista, Project #1411
    Single family
    Spicewood, Texas
  • Wheaton College Dormitory, Project #1528
    Norton, Massachusetts
  • Flam Passive House, Project #1541
    Single family
    Edgartown, Massachusetts
  • Meadows House, Project #1587
    Single family
    Park City, Utah
PHIUS+ Pre-certification
  • Habitat for Humanity-Columbia County, Project #1533
    Acramdale, New York
  • Squirellwood - Building L, Project #1522
    Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nowhere for awhile


Westborough, Massachusetts, PHIUS+ Verifier Training, February 10 - 12
Scottsdale, Arizona, PHIUS+ Rater Training, February 22-23
Scottsdale, Arizona, RESNET Conference, February 24-26
Boston, Massachusetts, CPHC In-Class, February 24-28
Washington, D.C., CPHC In-Class, February 24-28
Chicago, Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, February 26-28
Markham, Ontario, Canada, CPHC In-Class March 2-6
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Better Buildings: 
Better Business
Conference, March 9 - 11
Chicago, CPHC In-Class, March 9-13

PHIUS Partners




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