Passive Projects Design Competition

2018 Passive Projects Design Competition

We invite you to the 4th Annual Passive Projects Competition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Commonwealth Complex (exhibit hall) at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Massachusetts. Back by popular demand, this juried competition recognizes fully certified passive building projects of all types and climate zones. This is your chance to showcase your work and celebrate the great strides being made in the field of passive building!

Submissions are due by Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.

Award Categories

Winning and honorable mention awards will be given in five categories:

  • Single Family
  • Multifamily
  • Affordable
  • Commercial / Institutional
  • Source Zero (NEW!)

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)

The winning and finalist entries will be unveiled during the opening of the Commonwealth Complex (exhibit hall) and accompanying reception from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Massachusetts. Awarded entries will remain on display throughout the core conference from September 21-September 22, comp_main


  • Submitters of winning entries will receive one full year of PHAUS membership (existing members will be extended by one year)
  • Winning projects will be featured in follow-up 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: $95
  • Non-members: $145

*Entry fee covers poster printing and mounting of award winners and runners up in all categories.


Projects must be listed as fully certified in the PHIUS+ Certified Projects databasethe 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 are eligible. 


Entries will be scored on a scale of 1 – 5 based upon the following criteria:

  • Performance (e.g., meets PHIUS+ standard, better than standard, crushes the standard)
  • Difficulty level (climate/site/location/requirements challenges)
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Design (e.g., smart use of space)
  • Craftsmanship
  • Health (e.g., use of non-toxic materials)


PHIUS/PHAUS has assembled a panel of five jurors, each of whom meets two of the following three criteria:

  1. CPHC®, PHIUS Certified Builder, PHIUS+ Rater or PHIUS+Verifier in good standing
  2. Completion of at least one certified project
  3. Licensed professional

This year’s jurors are:

deAngel_Yanel_circle copy Yanel de Angel

Associate Principal (LEED AP BD+C, CPHC), Perkins+Will Resilience Lab

Yanel’s experience has focused on Higher Education environments including planning, design, construction documentation, project management and integration of sustainable strategies. Yanel’s planning and design expertise in Learning Environments, Residential and Student Life projects has allowed her to conceptualize buildings as teaching laboratories.As a member of the Perkins+Will Resilience Lab, she is passionate about resilient planning and design.

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She is currently leading a firm-wide pro bono initiative to provide resilient planning and design for communities in Puerto Rico. Yanel is recognized across the firm for her ability to successfully lead technically and organizationally complex projects.She was a founding member of Perkins+Will’s Project Delivery Board, a group that strategizes on maintaining a culture of innovation and a leading edge in project delivery, and is a member of the Perkins+Will Diversity Council.

She has taught at Syracuse University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Northeastern University.

knowles_circle Jonathan Knowles

Professor of Architecture, RISD; Partner, BriggsKnowles A+D

Jonathan R. Knowles, RA, Professor of Architecture, brings his knowledge of building technology and advanced construction systems to his teaching at RISD. Professionally, he has over 30-years of experience designing and managing large-scale architectural projects. Jonathan has been teaching at RISD since 2001. He was co-project director for RISD’s 2005 Solar Decathlon entry in Washington, D.C. and project director for RISD’s 2014 Techstyle Haus entry in Versailles, France.

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He has taught at the Parsons School of Design, Cornell University, and Columbia University. Jonathan is also a practicing architect and Passive House consultant in Providence, RI, where he is a partner at Briggs Knowles Studio. His work is dedicated to the design and construction of net-zero architecture. Jonathan’s design studio’s and technology seminar’s are devoted exclusively to the subjects of performative architecture, defined as buildings that produce energy through the form of the building and/or the technical makeup of the enclosure.

In 2008, he initiated the first of a series of pilot projects with the Department of Engineering at Brown University. The most recent, Techstyle Haus, was based on highly engineered components and efficient construction. Totally solar powered, the building system has the potential to be implemented in various applications, including single and multi-family housing.

klingenberg_circle Katrin Klingenberg

PHIUS Executive Director & Co-Founder

Katrin Klingenberg is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). In 2003, Ms. Klingenberg designed and completed the first home to meet passive house standards in the United States. She has designed and consulted on numerous successful passive house and building projects across North America’s varied climate zones since.

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In addition to her executive role at PHIUS she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training. In that role she directs curriculum development. She also directs the technical and research programs of PHIUS, and is a licensed architect in Germany. She frequently presents on the passive building topic nationally and internationally.

rogero_circle Mary Rogero

Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University of Ohio

Mary Rogero, RA, CPHC®, LEED AP is Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University. For 15 years, she was a principal in the design firm of Rogero Buckman Architects. With her business partner, she also helped develop a construction company to construct the firm’s designs and a development company. The design firm was primarily focused in the area of housing, particularly loft development and the rehabilitation of older buildings.

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Rogero is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Miami University. She teaches Passive and Low Energy Design seminars and Design Studio to freshman through graduate level. She is passionate about engaging students in the practice of Passive House and high performance design to prepare them as future leaders in sustainability. Rogero continues to practice architecture and is the current chair of the Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) Council.


How to Enter

  • Register and pay the entry fee using the links at the bottom of the page.
  • Complete the online application form (we recommend that you review the form and assemble the required information prior to completing the form).
  • Upload a pdf suitable for printing and mounting a vertical orientation poster measuring 24″ wide x 36″ high and 300 dpi that includes:
    • Project Title/Use-Type/Location/Client
    • Photos/Drawings
    • 250 word maximum text description of project
    • WUFI Passive or PHPP results

*PHIUS employees and board members may not enter their own projects into the competition; however, other project team members/firms are eligible to enter a project. Projects with a PHIUS board member as CPHC are eligible to apply.

Deadline for Entry Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Projects must be fully certified by entry deadline. Payment, online application and poster board (pdf) must all be submitted by entry deadline.

Awards Announcement

Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 20, 2018 during the opening of the Commonwealth Complex (exhibit hall) and accompanying reception from 5:30-7:30pm at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Massachusetts.

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