Earth Advantage Institute and PHIUS team up to develop an Energy Performance Score
August 10, 2011 - Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource that has certified more than 11,000 homes, and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) intend to develop an Energy Performance Score (EPS) label that can be issued for any home certified to the Passive House building energy standard, they said.
By Alyssa Dalton
The plan is part of an overall collaborative effort in the residential building sector which will also include education courses for professionals and consumers, they said. The cooperation is expected to boost the adoption rate of Passive House-certified homes.
The EPS is a miles-per-gallon-style rating system for homes that allows buyers to compare estimated annual energy costs and energy consumption among different homes. “It also provides an incentive for homeowners to undertake energy upgrades,” explained the institutes. “The EPS offers an energy efficiency metric for appraisers, lenders, insurers and other sectors providing services for the home industry.”
“The massive energy savings offered by Passive House certification have attracted significant attention in the Northwest and in other parts of the country,” said Sean Penrith, executive director, Earth Advantage Institute. “With Earth Advantage Institute’s ability to reach the builder and homeowner communities, this agreement with PHIUS enables both parties to bring a much higher level of residential energy performance into the mainstream.”
“PHIUS is committed to making the Passive House building energy standard PH the prevalent, mainstream building energy standard for new construction and retrofits in the United States,” continued Katrin Klingenberg, co-founder of PHIUS. “The combination of PHIUS’ passive house technical expertise and Earth Advantage Institute’s Energy Performance Score experience can serve to move the market closer to broad-based energy efficiency.”