Upcoming PHIUS+ Verifier Training in Seattle Area Just Announced!

PHIUS+ Verifier Training
Master Builders Association, Bellevue, WA

April 10-12, 2017

8:30am-5:00pm Mon., April 10 & Tue., April 11, 8:30am-12:00pm Wed., April 12
Continuing Education: 18 CPHC CEU, 14 RESNET CEU

Passive building is growing, and the fastest-growing market segment is multifamily housing (affordable and market rate) and commercial buildings. This 2-1/2-day training prepares third-party quality assurance and onsite verification professionals to understand the application of passive building and verification principles for multifamily and commercial projects pursuing PHIUS+ Certification. Students will also learn the specific requirements of the newly released PHIUS+ Multifamily Certification Standard v2.0 for performance and on-site verification of multifamily buildings pursuing PHIUS+ certification. The course concludes with an exam. Successfully completing the course and exam qualifies the trainee as a PHIUS+ Verifier.

Apply for acceptance to the program following the instructions on the registration page, and register online at the PHIUS+ Verifier Training page.

The PHIUS Industry Advisory Council is Open for Business

PHIUS is thrilled to announce the official launch of the Passive Building Industry Advisory Council (IAC), founded as a program of PHIUS with the primary purpose of scaling the high-performance building marketplace and the companies working in this space with the research, know-how, and support to bring these products to market and make passive building the mainstream market standard. With this new initiative we are also happy to welcome back Mike Knezovich, formerly PHIUS Communications Director, as the new IAC Chairman.

High-performance building component manufacturers are joining forces to facilitate and shape critical research, gain market intelligence, speed innovation, and expand the high performance building market. The lAC gives manufacturers access and input to the PHIUS Technical Committee and the PHIUS Board of Directors to identify and fund research projects with the goal of advancing high-performance passive building products, assemblies, science, and building energy codes.

Members of the IAC bring real-world field and market experience to the Technical Committee. Their input and funding help shape and execute research priorities to advance the high performance building industry. This helps ensure that high performance building products/assemblies are functional, practical, and cost-effective. Working with the IAC, the PHIUS Technical Committee generates credible research and publications that the industry can use for product development and marketing. For example, PHIUS and the IAC are embarking on a project collecting monitoring data from 30 projects of various types to provide hard, real-world performance numbers.

For more information visit the IAC page on the PHIUS site.

To learn more about how to become a member, contact Mike Knezovich, IAC Chairman at [email protected]


New NFRC Compliance Path Cuts Costs for PHIUS Verified Window Performance Data Program

One of the first tasks of the PHIUS Industry Advisory Council was to advise on the PHIUS component data verification programs. Many thanks to the founding IAC members for your invaluable input on these programs!

PHIUS is pleased to announce the addition of an exciting new path to performance data verification within our PHIUS Verified Window Performance Data Program. Under the new program, domestic manufacturers who have already (or are currently pursuing) an NFRC rating can pursue this new calculation method in order to save time and money by avoiding additional calculation costs. The NFRC calculation method also allows performance numbers from North American products to be compared to those of European imports, thus giving passive house consultants and energy modelers performance numbers in a format that can be plugged directly into passive building modeling software WUFI Passive and the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). The label for the new “NFRC mode”, referred to as “Blue Path”, will have the same format and types of data listed as the EN mode label, but is signified by a blue data label. This path applies a conversion factor to the component-level data from the NFRC calculations.
PHIUS and NFRC jointly developed a program to train qualified NFRC simulators to run the proper conversion to produce the Blue Path data labels as an extension of their regular work on NFRC ratings. Verified product performance values are then provided to PHIUS by the NFRC modeler and published to the PHIUS Verified Window Performance Database.

For more information on the program, read the full blog post announcement here. To download the Program Overview and Program Application & Instructions in PDF, visit the PHIUS Verified Window Performance Data Program site. Find a qualified NFRC simulator here and submit your product for data verification today.

Now Live: PHIUS Verified Building System / Panel System Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of the PHIUS Verified Building System / Panel System Program, an expansion of our verified performance data program that includes the window program. The program makes verified performance data for opaque building components (which may include windows and doors) readily available to passive building practitioners. The scope may comprise a full construction system, or a partial system such as a wall, roof, or foundation. Manufacturers who have their building / panel system performance data verified by PHIUS are able to better position their products in the marketplace by providing practitioners with the information they need to specify high-performance products in their projects.

The program verifies that the system design addresses critical control functions of a building enclosure and that the system is low-risk for moisture problems. For most of these functions, the required performance varies with climate. Verification may be sought for one or more climate zones. The program also verifies that the building / panel system does not use materials threatening to indoor air quality, and analyzes the environmental impact of the system’s manufacturing process. For more information and to download the application to submit your product to the program, visit the program overview page on the PHIUS site.

A data verification program for ERVs and HRVs to be announced in the future.