Speaker Series: Tackling Decarbonization with Phius and Passive Building

Lisa White


Associate Director/Technical Lead

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

at 6:30 pm

005 Kariotis

Passive building is a design methodology that utilizes passive conservation strategies to dramatically reduce energy use in buildings while also improving comfort, air quality, durability and resilience. Designing to Phius’ design standard and achieving Phius Certification is a critical first step toward decarbonization in the building industry, providing cost effective, future-proofed, quality assured low emission buildings. Phius sets a stringent baseline for net zero. Passive building loads are inherently flexible, making them great candidates for GEB-technology and facilitating the grid transition to renewable energy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the core design principles and control strategies used in passive building.

  2. Learn the options for Phius Certification, their applicability, and how to apply passive building to your next project.

  3. Identify the non-energy benefits that tenants and occupants of passive buildings experience.

  4. Explain the role passive buildings play in both mitigation and adaptation to climate change, including providing resilience at the building scale and grid scale.


Lisa White is the Associate Director and a technical lead for Phius (Passive House Institute US). Ms. White has been with Phius since 2012. She led the building certification review team for seven years and is an instructor for Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training and WUFI® Passive energy modeling software training. She holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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