Why Are There Two “Passive Houses?”


You may have stumbled upon a tricky divide in the US Passive House community with two versions of ‘passive house’ being promoted by separate entities: the Passive House Institute (PHI), and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). PHIUS was originally an affiliate and approved trainer and certifier for PHI. In 2011, PHI cancelled its contract with PHIUS for misconduct. (The PHI letter is here​.) PHIUS disputed the claims by PHI and continued working to launch an independent building performance program. If PHIUS had chosen a new name and rebranded it would have been less confusing. However, PHIUS chose to retain its name and continued using much of the same processes and protocols resulting in a confused community and marketplace ever since …

Click below to continue reading the letter from the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) from February 2017

continue reading the letter from NAPHN