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  • Writer's pictureElisa Lanzutti

PHIUS CPHC® Training is coming up in Philadelphia

A Certified Passive House Consultant training (Phase II) is scheduled to start on October 29th in Philadelphia and I am looking forward to participating!

What is the CPHC® Program?

The CPHC® program was first launched by PHIUS in 2008 to distinguish accomplished passive house professionals in the marketplace.

PHIUS has trained more than 2,000 professionals to date. CPHCs learn to design to the PHIUS+ climate-specific building standard, the leading passive building certification in North America. PHIUS-trained CPHCs are leading the adoption of passive building from coast to coast.

What is PHIUS?

Passive House Institute US, Inc. (PHIUS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. PHIUS is focused on research, training curriculum, and technical standards and is the leading North American passive building training provider.

PHIUS Mission Statement:

"To develop and promote North American passive building standards, practices, and certifications for buildings, professionals, and products to create structures that are durable, resilient, comfortable, healthy, and super energy efficient."

What is Passive House?

Passive House is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building's ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. 

“Maximize your gains, minimize your losses” summarizes the approach.

Passive building principles can be applied to all building typologies – from single-family homes to multifamily apartment buildings, offices, and skyscrapers. 

Passive design strategy carefully models and balances a comprehensive set of factors including heat emissions from appliances and occupants to keep the building at comfortable and consistent indoor temperatures throughout the heating and cooling seasons. As a result, passive buildings offer tremendous long-term benefits in addition to energy efficiency.

Projects earning PHIUS+ Certification follow RESNET QA/QC protocols and achieve both excellent HERS scores and US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (formerly DOE Challenge Home) status.

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