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U.S. DOE's Sam Rashkin on passive house and PHIUS+

Find your PHIUS+ 2015 performance targets and learn more about the new standard

PHIUS+ Certification Is Growing Exponentially

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PHIUS+ is the largest, fastest-growing passive building certification program in the U.S. and Canada. PHIUS-trained CPHCs have built certified projects in locations ranging Nova Scotia to Louisiana, from Washington State to Virginia. PHIUS+ Certified and Pre-Certified projects now total more than 1 million square feet across 1,200 units nationwide.

Certification Plaque

If you have certified your project, let the world know that it meets PHIUS+ standards for efficiency, comfort, and quality. Like a passive house, this durable certification plaque is built to last, and comes with stainless steel stand-off mounting hardware that allows you to mount it wherever you want it to be seen.

Acrylic, Measures 7” x 9” x 1/2”

Price: $75

PHIUS+ Certification Plaque

PHIUS+ Project Certification #

Please enter the PHIUS+ project number--you can find it at the PHIUS+ certified projects online database

  • Third-party RESNET approved quality assurance/quality control

  • Earns U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home status

  • Includes HERS rating

The PHIUS+ Certification program is the leading passive building certification program in North America. It's the only passive building certification that combines a thorough passive house design verification protocol with a stringent Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) program performed on site by highly skilled and specialized PHIUS+ Raters. The benefits of PHIUS+ certification include:

  • PHIUS+ 2015, climate-specific, cost-optimized performance metrics*
    The PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard targets the sweet spot where aggressive energy and carbon reduction overlap with cost effectiveness, taking into account a full range of variables including climate zone, source energy, and costs. The standard was developed over three years by the PHIUS Technical Committee and Building Science Corporation under a U.S. DOE Building America Grant. Read more about the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard here

  • Comprehensive design and energy model review
    Passive buildings in North American climates present unique design challenges; small mis-steps can lead to big problems. PHIUS+ certifiers are the most experienced passive house professionals in North America. They thoroughly review projects at the design stage, identify problems, and work with project designers to make projects work.

  • Rigorous quality assurance
    Project testing and inspections are conducted by experienced HERS Raters, trained by PHIUS to work on PHIUS+ projects. The on-site inspections and testing help to assure PHIUS and the project teams that the buildings will perform as designed.  

  • Earn U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home status
    PHIUS has partnered with the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program--PHIUS+ Certification also earns ZERH (formerly know as Challenge Home) and Energy Star designations. In addition, through the Zero Energy Ready Home Lender Partner progam, the U.S. DOE is identifiying and promoting financial institutions that offer green mortgage appraisals to certified homes under the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, EPA ENERGY STAR Certified Home, and PHIUS+ programs.

  • RESNET HERS Index Score
    Most projects will automatically receive a RESNET HERS Index score as part of certification. The RESNET HERS Index is the leading industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. Many local, state, and federal financial incentive programs require a HERS Index to demonstrate compliance.

  • Listing on the PHIUS+ Certified Projects Database
    PHIUS+ certified projects are included with pertinent project information and photos on the PHIUS+ Certified Projects Database.

Submit your project for PHIUS+ certification here!


* NOTE: All projects registered with PHIUS after September 15, 2015 must certify under the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard. See the Submit a Project for Registration page for more information. 

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