Monday, February 7, 2011

Passive House US

Description: 

"The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is a consulting and research firm working to further the implementation of Passive House standards and techniques" in the U.S. Works to establish standards in the U.S., training and certification, design guidelines, etc.

"The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation."

"A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized."

"A Passive House is a comprehensive system. "Passive" describes well this system's underlying receptivity and retention capacity. Working with natural resources, free solar energy is captured and applied efficiently, instead of relying predominantly on ‘active’ systems to bring a building to ‘zero’ energy."