The Passive House approach empowers us to build better. It creates durable, resilient buildings that slash heating energy use by as much as 90% and dramatically reduce operational carbon emissions. You know what performance to expect with a certified Passive House. Most importantly, Passive House buildings create healthy, comfortable, and quiet interior environments, Passive House design tools and methods make these energy performance gains both cost-effective and predictable. full of clean, filtered fresh air.
World-leading energy efficiency is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of Passive House. Filtered fresh air, superior comfort, calm and quiet interiors...the list of amenities is long. Learn why the Passive House approach is good for people and the planet.
Passive House buildings aren't just houses. They can be Single Family Homes, high-rise office towers, multifamily apartment buildings, schools—really any building type. In North America, two certification pathways exist PHI and PHIUS, each with important differences. But both focus on three building performance targets: very low thermal energy use, very low total energy use, and superior airtightness. We use Passive House Institute (PHI) standards.
It's not rocket science...but it Is Building Science. A suite of tried-and-true Passive House design principles enables the designer to optimize both building performance and value. These designs are realized in the field by builders who draw on techniques and lessons taken from thousands of built examples.
Passive House Building Certification is the internationally recognized building certification system, providing third-party verification and a stamp of quality assurance that a building meets the high performance and comfort levels of the Passive House standard.
Passive House has three levels of certification for new buildings: Classic, Plus and Premium, can be achieved depending on the use of renewable energy sources.
For existing building refurbishments, an EnerPHit certification can be achieved.
The math of zero carbon building is straightforward: first maximize energy efficiency in buildings, then minimize the embodied or upfront carbon emitted from construction, electrify everything, and power it all with clean energy. Passive House design is the most powerful tool available to dramatically improve energy efficiency in buildings, so it's a great place to start, whether your project is a retrofit or new construction.