During the North American Passive House Conference Nov. 4-7 in Portland, Ore., the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) will launch a new nonprofit advocacy group that will work to raise awareness of the Passive House building standard throughout the United States.

The Passive House Alliance will relieve the PHIUS from marketing, public outreach, and political lobbying work, allowing it to focus on its core mission of training architects and builders in the use of the Passive House standard, research, consulting on projects, and certifying buildings, professionals, and products.

Taking on public outreach, advocacy, education, and professional support, the Passive House Alliance will expand the base of knowledge about the principles of Passive House design in the United States and push it toward the mainstream. Planners, consultants, builders, manufacturers, and individual members will belong to this association. Local chapters will be formed on a city, state, or regional basis to support the national organization's goals, which include providing online training webinars for professionals, live training events in select cities, and working with PHIUS to develop and establish a Passive House University that will provide hands-on training.

passive house tours

Also on the horizon is the seventh International Passive House Days, Nov. 12-14, when Passive House residents around the world will open their houses for public tours. Only two residential projects in the U.S. currently are signed up to participate: the Hudson Passive Project in Claverack, N.Y., by Dennis Wedlick Architect and Bill Stratton Building Co. (read more about this project); and the Hudson, Wis., Passive House in the Woods by TE Studio and Morr Construction.

For a complete listing of Passive House projects worldwide registered to participate in this year's International Passive House Days, search the built Passive House database (don't forget to select the English-language site version). Participating buildings will be marked with a special open-house icon.