The following tools are valuable resources to support Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHC®) and other passive building practitioners with the accurate modeling of PHIUS+ projects.
This guide covers building energy fundamentals and provides step-by-step instructions to predicting and reducing the energy consumption of buildings.
Materials selection is one of the most difficult sustainability goals to track and integrate into the design and delivery process.
Opting for healthier materials shouldn’t be a lofty goal for the well-resourced few. Architects should encourage the selection and availability of materials that are better for our human and environmental health. While case studies exemplifying healthier materials projects have been dominated by an all-or-nothing approach, the entry-point for choosing healthier products is lower than most think.
The ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) are a series of publications designed to provide recommendations for achieving energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 for non-residential buildings. The AEDG are free to download after registering on the site. Building typologies covered in the AEDG include retail, offices, grocery stores, K-12 schools, warehouses/storage, lodging, and healthcare facilities.
The EPA has developed a voluntary guidance document, Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, that provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in homes. The protocols apply to existing single-family and multi-family low-rise residential buildings and provide guidance for conducting home assessments and undertaking the responses necessary to maintain or improve indoor air quality and safety.