The PHAUS Council is comprised of elected members chosen for their commitment to the promotion of the Passive House Building Standard, their professional experience and their geographic diversity. Currently, the Council consists of members nominated by PHIUS in 2010 and members elected by PHAUS regional PHAUS membership. There are 11-13 Council members: 8 Regional Representatives representing the climatic regions of the US, and 3-5 at large and officer positions. Council members serve terms of three years and are not compensated for their work. The Council meets monthly and at least once in person.
John E. Avenson
Southwest Regional Rep, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®)
Representing: Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico
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.
Midwest Regional Rep
Representing: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
Tom Bassett-Dilley, CPHC, AIA, founded his firm in 2006 to pursue sustainability as contemporary design based on region, climate, and context. Toward that end, he became a CPHC in 2010 to learn advanced energy modeling, building science and principles of conservation exemplified by the Passive House standard. He is a founding member and past President of the Chicago PHAUS chapter and has presented numerous times for PHAC and at PHIUS' annual conferences.
His first certified project was completed in 2013, with two more fully certified, three pre-certified, and several more PH projects in the works, including an institutional renovation/addition project. Tom sees the beauty of the Passive approach in its ability to optimize energy design concurrently with architectural design, its tendency toward simplicity in form and glazing, and its tendency to require "tuning" a building to site-specific solar access.
He is very encouraged by the direction that PHIUS+ 2018 has taken and is eager to continue to help build awareness and momentum toward adoption of the PHIUS standard.
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
Representing: Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas
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.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Rep
Representing: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina
Mike Kapp, CPHC, CDT, LEED AP, CSBA, NCARB, PA, is a Certified Passive House Consultant and lifetime member of PHAUS. He is an architect licensed in North Carolina and California with 30+ years of experience. Mike has been employed by a North Carolina University since 2013, during which he has led more than a dozen lectures and presentations to to raise awareness of Passive House while managing university projects up to $160 million.
He has coached college students involved in the Climate Reality Project Campus Corps on how passive design plays a role in reducing carbon emissions and he collaborates with local peers working to implement passive design principles into policy. Mike's mission as a PHAUS Representative is to "help educate and make a positive change in the world".
California/Pacific Regional Rep
Representing: California, Hawaii
Margaret Kirk, CPHC, Assoc. AIA, is an award-winning designer and artist, educated in New York and Florence, Italy, with extensive experience in design, construction and project management. She is a CPHC and is currently certifying a Passive House in Utah. Anarchitecture faculty member at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a former faculty member at the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she has taught building technology, media and communication technology, design studios and interdisciplinary design courses.
Margaret is the owner of the architectural consultancy, studio.341-b, and her work includes a diverse portfolio ranging from small exhibitions to large eco-resorts, high-end to affordable housing. What got her involved with PHAUS was her "concern for the building industry in light of the climate crisis". Margaret has noticed that many people are unaware of the PHIUS model and hopes to educate the public on understanding Passive building to be a moreviable way of making building infrastructure less taxing on the environment and a more economical solution, especially as the codes are becoming more stringent.
Northeast Regional Rep
Representing: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
John Loercher is a CPHC instructor for the Passive House Institute U.S. and owner of Northeast Projects LLC. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and holds a masters of architecture from Parsons the New School for Design. His firm, Northeast Projects, specializes in Passive House design, high performance building envelopes and advanced energy modeling. It serves a diverse range of projects from single-family and multi-family residential, commercial, new construction and retrofits. He is currently the Secretary of the Passive House Alliance Hudson Valley which aims to make Passive House mainstream in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Northwest Regional Rep
Representing: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Maren Longhurst, CPHC, LEED AP/BD+C, WELL AP, is a Certified Passive House Consultant as well as a Certified PHIUS Trainer. She is the Building Science Coordinator for Sam Rodell Architects- a firm with projects ranging from custom homes to institutional/commercial spanning throughout the Pacific Northwest from Montana to the Puget Sound. Her interests include high performance architecture and building science, using site analysis along with three dimensional thermal and spatial modeling to design beautiful, efficient buildings that perform reliably, elegantly and simply.
Maren has supervised the certification of three PHUS+ projects with seven more under construction and in the PHIUS pipeline. Modeling projects in WUFI is standard practice at her firm with a focus on high performance architecture. You may recognize Maren since she has also attended and presented at numerous Passive House conferences and serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors for Passive House Northwest.
She is excited to help promote Passive House principles to a broader audience in the design world and to help improve the application and education of building energy modeling.
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.
Treasurer, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) & PHIUS Certified Builder
Dan Whitmore is a passive house and enclosure consultant with RDH Building Science. He has worked in the construction industry since 1987 building, detailing and/or project managing a wide range of structures, from mountain cabins to law school libraries. As designer, builder, and CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010. Since this time, he has consulted on and/or built more than twenty passive house projects primarily in his home region of the Pacific Northwest. Whitmore is also an Instructor at PHIUS, co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Treasurer of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding board member of Passive House Northwest.