Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of the Passive House Institute U.S. in Urbana, Illinois, has announced the launch of a new non-profit advocacy group to increase awareness of the Passivhaus standard. Called the Passive House Alliance, the group will engage in marketing, public relations, outreach, and political lobbying. Among the goals of the Alliance: to incorporate the Passivhaus standard into residential energy codes in the U.S. by 2020 or 2030.
The launch of the Alliance will allow the Passive House Institute U.S. to focus on its core goals: training architects and builders in the use of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software; providing quality control for Passivhaus construction projects; certifying completed Passivhaus buildings; and organizing conferences.
“I think that this is big news,” Klingenberg told attendees at the October 23 Passivhaus Symposium at the Boston Architectural College. “As we form this Alliance, we are working closely with the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and advocacy groups in Germany.”
For more information, visit the Alliance’s new Web site, www.phalliance.com.