The Passive House Building Energy Standard is gaining support in the building industry. Although relatively few homes are currently built to Passive House standards, Passive House Alliance – United States (PHA-US) is growing quickly, and the total number of certified houses is expected to double next year.
We first joined PHA-US in 2012 as a Green level sponsor, and this year we decided to extend our commitment as a Silver level sponsor. Currently, we are the only cooling and heating manufacturer to sponsor the organization, and the decision to renew and upgrade our sponsorship was an easy one to make. Here’s why.
Passive House standards require a building to achieve an 80 percent reduction in total energy use and a 90 percent reduction in heating energy compared to other homes. Since cooling and heating make up nearly half of a building’s total energy use, HVAC systems play a key role in meeting this standard. We are the leader in ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2013 ductless products, and our systems are ideal for homes built to Passive House standards because they:
- Operate at some of the lowest Btu/h capacities in the industry.
- Have ratings as high as 26 SEER.
- Feature Hyper-Heating (H2i®) technology that provides efficient and comfortable heating performance when temperatures are as low as minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use INVERTER-driven compressors, which provide only the exact amount of energy needed to reach a zone’s set temperature, satisfying a building’s cooling and heating capacity without overpowering it.
- Use environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant and are made of 80 percent recyclable components.
As part of our continued involvement with PHA-US, we will support local training sessions, promote and consult on Passive House product development and participate in other ventures that will work to expand the community of Passive House designs and practitioners. This will, in turn, help PHA-US reach its goal of making the Passive House Standard the leading market force in the industry.
To learn how you can help inspire change in the building industry for a better, more sustainable future, visit the Passive House Alliance website at http://www.phaus.org.