We just received news from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) that our Hillel Center for Jewish Life at Virginia Tech has been awarded PHIUS+ certification, confirming Hillel’s position as the first Passivhaus religious assembly building in US and the first North American Passivhaus project to successfully incorporate a commercial kitchen range hood within the Passive House building envelope. (Read more about lessons learned on the Passivhaus commercial kitchen here.)
PHIUS+ certification combines Passive House certification with rigorous third-party verification, providing a level of quality assurance and quality control that’s rare in green building certification processes today.
When a project makes it through PHIUS+ certification it means that its design, construction and performance has passed the scrutiny of a building science technician trained in both HERS rating and Passive House.
It’s a pretty powerful stamp of approval, and an important development of Passivhaus in the US. As my conversation with Günter Lang in Frankfurt last week confirmed, we need to safeguard the integrity of the standard as Passivhaus explodes in popularity here in North America. Quality control is mission critical.