But let’s be clear, to call a building a passive house building, you’re not required to certify it – it just needs to meet the criteria. The building meets the Passive House Standard criteria and you can call it a Passive House building.
However, unless you are a very experienced practitioner with many certified buildings under your belt, you simply don’t know what you don’t know. So chances are, that without certification, you will fall short of expectations.
Needless to say, this causes some tension in the marketplace, so let’s briefly address it. Buyer beware. If the building you’re investing in, isn’t certified to the Passive House Standard, there’s a greater chance its performance will not meet your expectations. You better ask some serious questions. Has the team completed a building before? Do they know what they don’t know? Is the team really invested in producing Passive House high-quality, or is it their newly discovered marketing gimmick. Are they a poser or are they authentic?
Certification of the Passive House building to the Passive House Standard, ensures that owner expectations of high-quality and performance are met. There are over 25 independent Passive House certifiers, and 14 organizations, working in the US today, ready to help you achieve it. >Read 5 Reasons to hire a Passive House Certifier.
You will be well served to do your research.