02 Feb '12, 4am

15 kwh/m2/yr is dead. Long live 15 kwh/m2/yr! (In the US.) Sure to generate #Passivhaus discussion:

Welcome to my brand new blog! I hope to keep you updated on the progress of Passive House and PHIUS , and to spark constructive discussion along the way. On that note, I’d like to start this blog by addressing what we at PHIUS think will be the central issue for Passive House in 2012: fine-tuning the Passive House standard’s certification criteria, which were developed for the central European climate and market, to the unique climate and market needs of the United States and Canada. Having evaluated five years of data from PHIUS’ portfolio – including more than 100 reviewed and/or certified projects of varied building types in the United States and Canada (thanks to the good work of the Passive House community) — we came to the conclusion that it’s time to: Allow for a modification process to the rigid annual heating and cooling requirement of less or equal to 15 kWh/m2 y...

Full article: http://passivehouse.us/blog/

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