The PHAUS Council comprises members chosen for their commitment to the promotion of the Passive House Building Standard, their professional experience and their geographic diversity. Currently the board consists of members nominated by PHIUS in 2010 and members nominated by the PHAUS board in 2011 and 2013. There are 11-13 board members, 8 members representing the climatic regions of the US and 3-5 at large positions. Future board members will consist of members nominated by Local Chapters and the PHAUS board, approved by the PHAUS board. Board members serve terms of three years and are not compensated for their work. The board meets monthly and yearly, at least once, in person.
John E. Avenson
Southwest Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)
John Avenson built his Passive Solar and voice controlled home in 1981 after observing and being inspired by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Labs) Competition for the Parade of Solar Homes in the Denver/Boulder area. He has been an advocate of low energy use homes ever since, going so far as to invite what is now a total of over 6000 people on personal and organized groups tours through his home. This home is of the Mass-and- Glass concept popular back then. In 2013, John took the CPHC® course and began the process of updating his “passive heated house” to “passive house” standards. It no longer needs a furnace.
John is a lead member of the ASES/CRES National Tour of Solar and Sustainable homes for the Denver area and has interviewed and photographed solar and sustainable homes for publication since 2000. John is a DMTS of AT&T Bell Labs (Distinguished Member of Technical Staff) Electrical Engineer - retired after 42 years of traveling the world fixing telephone systems and training telco engineers. He became interested in passive heated homes in 1962 after his father took the family to a Geodesic dome house and to the Native Indian Cliff dwellings of Southern Colorado and as a result, dreamed of having a home like Indians all through elementary school. His goal is to be off-grid within the next decade.
John owns his own FLIR camera and other building analysis instruments. He has taught about home energy efficiency at Lockheed/Martin, Sandia Laboratories NM, NREL and many community events.
At-Large Council Member
Jonathan Bean is Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Built Environments, and Marketing and chair of the Sustainable Market Transformation program at the University of Arizona. He was the faculty lead for the University of Arizona's team in the 2018 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The team’s design for a six-unit townhouse building in Tucson, Arizona showed the viability of achieving zero net energy in a hot, arid climate using conventional techniques and readily available materials.
Bean’s academic research spans the fields of design and marketing, where he is known for his work on taste regimes. He is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Society of Building Science Educators and a Certified Passive House Consultant. His TEDx talk Demand Less explains the transformative potential of passive building.
South Regional Rep
Trey Farmer, AIA received his M.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin and has 10 years of experience in sustainable design and construction. He came to Austin from New Hampshire via New Zealand and Northern California where he worked and studied English, architecture, permaculture and natural building. He is a LEED AP (BD+C) and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) as well as a certified permaculture designer and teacher. He spends his free time with his wife and fur-child on the greenbelt and in their garden.
Alan Gibson is a builder and partner in G O Logic LLC of Belfast, Maine, where he is chiefly responsible for construction operations. Since 2009 he has managed construction of three certified passive buildings and a 36-unit cohousing community built to near-passive standards, among other projects. The GO Home, completed in 2010, was the first certified passive house in Maine and recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Residential Project of the Year award in 2011. Terrahaus, the country’s first passive house-certified dormitory, received the Evergreen Award from Eco-Structure magazine in 2012. Alan holds a BA from Brown University and is a Certified Passive House Builder and Certified Passive House Designer. He has been a business owner since 1992 and speaks widely on passive design and construction.
California-Pacific Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)
Alexis Karolides, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP is Point Energy Innovations’ Sustainability Practice Leader, focusing on lon “next level” energy and resource efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability. As the former leader of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, she worked with building owners, developers, and corporations to dramatically reduce energy and resource use in new and existing facilities. She also led RMI’s research in biologically inspired design, developing, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype for the portal that links human design challenges to solutions found in nature, now found at AskNature.org.
Ms. Karolides’ recent projects at Point Energy include the PG&E Zero Net Energy Schools project, a zero net energy headquarters building for a foundation in Silicon Valley, a zero net energy feasibility study for a 750,000 sf new Silicon Valley office campus, a low-energy retrofit design for the Presidio Visitors’ Center, and a net zero prototype construction trailer for the Westly Group. Her past clients include the cities of Las Vegas and Madison, EDS (now Hewlett Packard), H-E-B grocery stores, Kaiser Permanente and Denver Housing Authority.
Ms. Karolides is a Council Member for the Passive House Alliance US and previously served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Environmental Health. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, has authored articles and contributed to books on green building, and has provided commentary for national media including the New York Times and National Public Radio.
Chair & Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)
Miami University Department of Architecture and Interior Design
Mary Rogero is an Associate Professor and former Chair for the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.She teaches Passive and Low Energy Design seminars and studios to freshman through graduate level and is currently teaching the CPHC curriculum to students. Prior to teaching, Mary was a principal in the design firm of Rogero Buckman Architects for fifteen years specializing in the adaptive reuse in older buildings.. With her business partner, she also helped develop a construction company to construct the firm’s designs and a development company. She continues to practice architecture with her firm Rogero Architects. Mary is currently the Chair of the PHAUS Council and Vice President of the PHIUS Board of Directors.
Midwest Regional Rep, PHIUS Certified Builder
Brandon Weiss is president and founder of Evolutionary Home Builders (EHB), Chicago’s premier sustainable homebuilder. Weiss applies a scientific approach to building homes, employing quality control each step of the way to ensure that all EHB homes function at the highest level of building science, health, and efficiency.
Weiss is a third generation builder, and his performance-focused methodology draws inspiration from his time in Europe playing professional basketball, where he was drawn to a more sustainable way of life and construction. He looked to bring these ideals to homebuilding in the United States when he started his business in 2005. Since, Weiss has been recognized by several awards and distinctions, including: 2013 US Dept of Energy Grand Award Home Innovation, 2013 NAHB Master Certified Green Professional of the Year, 2013 USGBC Emerald Award for Home Innovation, and 2012 Northern Illinois Home Builder of the Year.
Brandon is a PHIUS Certified Builder, Graduate Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP, BPI Building Analyst & Envelope Professional, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and built the first Certified Passive House in Chicagoland in 2012.
Treasurer, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) & PHIUS Certified Builder
Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and consultant with additional stints as a designer and FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma, where he grew up. As designer, builder, and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010. Since this time he has consulted on and/or built an additional twenty passive house projects. Following five years working with Hammer & Hand, Inc., he is now engaged in energy, durability, and constructability consulting with his new company Indicator. Dan is also an Instructor for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Treasurer of the Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding Board Member of Passive House Northwest.
Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)
Lance Wright graduated from Auburn University with a degree in the Forest Ecology Honor’s Program in 1976 and worked with the U. S. Forest Service in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska until 1983. He then went on to work for Democratic and environmental campaigns in Colorado through several election cycles, including three of his own runs for a seat in the State House of Representatives, before being elected to the Parker Town Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.
In 1998, Lance built his first energy efficient house, and his low heating bills helped him convince fellow Council members to increase building code requirements for energy efficiency in the Town of Parker. In 2002 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress against Tom Tancredo in the heavily Republican Sixth District. Lance ran on an anti-terrorism, energy-independence platform that was called “aggressive” and “unrealistic” by the Rocky Mountain News in its endorsement in the race. He moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 for family reasons and became the first US EPA Energy Star building partner in southern Missouri.
After building Energy Star rated homes in Missouri for two years, Lance returned to Colorado and established the energy efficiency design and consulting business, Green Energy Man, Inc. Lance was part of the charter group of Passive House Consultants trained by PHIUS in the fall of 2008. He and his wife live in Denver in their “Near Passive House”, which they are currently retrofitting to gain Passive House Certification.