We are very proud of the efforts of the local PHAUS chapter here in Austin. Do yourself a favor and read a message from the president, Eric Griffin. You may recognize him because he's one of our very own here at Positive Energy! Check out the organization's website here.
"Austin is an intelligent, thoughtful, vibrant and progressive city that in many ways has lead the nation in local energy efficiency standards and high performance construction. However, engaging the community and creating a Passive House culture in a hot and humid climate has been a challenge. As conventional dialogue for high performance buildings has focused on heating dominated climates with minimal consideration of hot and humid climates with substantial cooling loads, the old Passive House standard was a non-starter for the design and construction leaders in our market. Thankfully, PHIUS released the PHIUS+2015 building standard, which has reinvigorated our chapter. There's finally a climate zone appropriate, economically justified, performance based reason to re-think your perception of Passive House. We all understand that thoughtful design and implementation of building science principles is imperative for successful outcomes for owners and occupants in humid climates, finally there's a Passive House organization that does, too."