Certification for Passive House buildings, consultants, and products is available. Certification is an essential quality assurance measure. Certifications and certifying organizations are described below.
The certification of a Passive House through the Passive House Institute or any of its accredited Building Certifiers offers enhanced quality assurance. The vast experience of these certifiers benefits designers throughout the planning process whereas the certification itself provides evidence of the building’s quality.
Building Certification categories include:
The North American Certifiers Circle (NACC) is an association of organizations actively certifying buildings in North America. The NACC works cooperatively to serve the public. Members include:
As an independent authority, the Passive House Institute tests and certifies products in respect of their suitability for use in Passive Houses. Products that carry the Certified Passive House Component seal have been tested according to uniform criteria; they are comparable in terms of their specific values, and are of excellent quality regarding energy efficiency. Their use facilitates the designer’s task and contributes significantly to ensuring the faultless functioning of the resultant Passive House.
Product Categories Include:
A complete list of PHI certified components can be found at here.
See the criteria for component certification here.
Substantiated expertise for the construction of Passive Houses is imparted to skilled Tradesperson within the framework of further training courses. The aim of the Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course is to convey an overall impression of the Passive House concept to the specialists involved in construction in an interdisciplinary approach and within a reasonable time frame.
Passive Houses do not look any different from other buildings. However, on account of their clearly defined energy standard, they exhibit a high level of thermal comfort and extremely small energy consumption. Good planning as well as careful execution of the details is essential in the construction of Passive House buildings, so that the high requirements for the building envelope and technology can be met. For this reason, designers and specialist planners need additional expertise which can be acquired and substantiated with the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant training course.
Find a Certified Designer/Consultant near you:
For information on training to become a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant see here.