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Title: Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the value of performance-based passive building standards when it joined with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) to promote DOE’s Challenge Home program in tandem with the PHIUS+ Certification program. Since then, the number of passive building projects that have been certified under the partnership has grown exponentially because of some synergy. Passive building represents a well-developed approach to arrive at the envelope basis for zero energy and energy-positive projects by employing performance-based criteria and maximizing cost-effective savings from conservation before implementing renewable energy technologies. The Challenge Home program evolved into the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program in a move toward 1) attaining zero energy and 2) including active renewable energy generation such as photovoltaics (PV)—toward the zero energy goal.
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  1. Building Science Corp., Westford, MA (United States)
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OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR--5500-64278; DOE/GO--102015-4679
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Passive House Institute US, Westford, Massachusetts
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION residential; Residential Buildings; BSC; Building America; Passive House; PHIUS; climate; climate-specific; standards; Passive Building Standards