2015 PHIUS-PHAUS Passive Building Project Competition

PostersThe winners have been announced. Check them out here!!

This year, instead of the a poster session of prospective and built projects, PHIUS is conducting a juried competition of fully certified projects. You have been working hard, and it’s time to begin recognizing the growing number and types of successful passive buildings.

Here’s How It Works
Winners and honorable mention awards will be given in four categories:

  • Single-family
  • Multi-family
  • Affordable
  • Commercial/Institutional

Additionally, two projects, from the above winners, will be awarded:

  • Best overall project of this year’s competition
  • Best project by a young professional (35 or under)

PHIUS/PHAUS will mount and display winning and finalists’ entries at the opening of the exhibit hall on the evening of September 10, and throughout the core conference, September 11-12.


  • Submitters of winning entries will receive one full year of PHAUS members (existing members will be extended by one year)
  • Winning projects will be featured in followup coverage of the conference by Green Building & Design magazine
  • PHIUS and PHAUS will feature winning entries as case studies on their home pages
  • PHIUS and PHAUS will publicize winners via social media,  e-newsletters, and press outlets.

Entry Fees

PHAUS members: $50
Non-members: $100


Projects must be listed as fully certified in the PHIUS+ Certified Projects database, the PHI / IPHA database*, or other passive house certification database (e.g., Belgium passiefhuis-platforme)

* The PHI database includes a variety of entries–only those marked as certified by PHI are eligible. 


Entries will be scored on a scale of 1 – 5 on the following measures:

  • Performance (for example, meets PHIUS+ standard, better than standard, crushes the standard)
  • Difficulty (Level of climate/site/requirements challenge) Location? (easy or tricky?)
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Design (e.g., smart use of space)
  • Craftsmanship
  • Health (e.g., use non-toxic materials)


PHIUS/PHAUS will assemble a panel of five jurors, each who must meet two of the following three criteria:

  1. CPHC® in good standing
  2. Completion of at least one certified project
  3. Licensed professional

How to Enter

  1. Register and pay the entry fee using the links at the bottom of the page.
  2. Complete this online description form (we recommend you look at the form first, assemble the required information, then complete it).
  3. Email a pdf suitable for printing and mounting a 24″ x 36″ poster that includes:
    • Project Title/Use-Type/Location/Client
    • Photos/Drawings
    • 250 word maximum text description of project
    • WUFI Passive or PHPP results

Email the pdf to conference@passivehouse.us, subject line: Competition, and include your name, project name, and contact information in the body.

*PHIUS employees and board members are not eligible to enter.

Deadline for Entry

August 25, 2015

Awards Announcement

Winners will be recognized on Thursday, September 10, during the opening of the exhibit hall and accompanying reception, beginning 5:30 pm in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.