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Mission & History: Passive House Alliance U.S.

Non Profit Organization

Passive House Institute US, Inc. (PHIUS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. The Smith House, Klingenberg's passive house residence, Urbana, Ill. PHIUS' roots trace back to 2003, when Katrin Klingenberg designed and built her own passive house residence in Urbana, Illinois – the very first home in the United States built to the passive building energy standard. Her experience led her to co-found e-cological Construction Laboratory (e-colab) with builder Mike Kernagis in 2003 as a non-profit affordable housing developer in Urbana, Illinois to further investigate the feasibility of applying passive building principles in the United States. Working in partnership with the City of Urbana, e-colab became a Community Home Development Organization (CHDO) and built single-family passive house projects as affordable housing units. As interest in passive building grew in North America, Klingenberg and Kernagis oversaw the expansion of e-colab into Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) in 2007. PHIUS is now the leading passive building standard setting, research and information provider, training, and certification institute in North America. PHIUS supports and inspires the growing community of passive building professionals and guides large-scale market transformation in the North American building industry. PHIUS released the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard in March of 2015, the on

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