PHIUS Responds to PHI Actions

From: Mark A. M.
Sent on: Friday, August 19, 2011 10:38 AM


Dear Members of PHAC,


Big news this week in the world of North Americas efforts to grow the Passive House Standard.  The link above will bring you the latest response from PHIUS.  The page is copied below to bring you up to speed.  I encourage you to read the "initial response" link as it will answer the question many had as to the future of PH and PHIUS in NA.  We will update everyone as more is released.



Mark A. Miller

CoPresident PHAChicago


On August 17, Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the German Passivhaus Institut took an unfortunate and somewhat bewildering action: He wrote a letter to the North American Passive House Community and announced that PHI was severing ties with PHIUS, and in the process, made several claims that can most charitably be characterized as inaccurate.


We are sorry for any angst or confusion this may have caused you--it blindsided us, also. Fortunately, it doesn’t change PHIUS’ plans, and we’re looking at this as an opportunity to strengthen the community and increase transparency.  


You can read PHIUS’ initial response here. 


We intend to respond to some of Dr. Feist’s more objectionable assertions item-by-item, and will post that response shortly. 


We believe you may also be interested in reading notes from the PHIUS board’s meeting with PHI in conjunction with the Innsbruck Conference, as well as followup correspondence between PHIUS and PHI.


  1.  June 30, 2011 letter from PHIUS to PHI
    110630 PHIUS Letter to PHI.pdf


  1.  Notes from the Annual Meeting between PHI-PHIUS at Innsbruck Conference 
    110531 PHIUS-PHI Innsbruck Meeting Notes.pdf


Check back for updates.



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