Rachel Adams becomes Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Please join us in congratulating Rachel Adams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, for recently becoming a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)!

CPHCs learn to design to the PHIUS+ climate-specific building standard, the leading passive building certification in North America. PHIUS established the CPHC program in 2008 to distinguish accomplished passive building professionals in the marketplace. Projects earning PHIUS+ Certification follow RESNET QA/QC protocols and achieve excellent HERS scores, US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home status, and adhere to EPA indoor airPLUS requirements.

Rachel has been with Runberg since 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects, including Sitka and Gardner House and Allen Family Center. She weaves design with theory and technical precision, and enjoys working on projects that use sustainability to create rich living environments.

“Sustainability is key to all projects,” Rachel said. “Not just environmental sustainability, but also financial and functional sustainability. We don’t design a 10- or 15-year building. We seek to design buildings that will function and perform for years to come.”

Congrats, Rachel!

About PHIUS: PHIUS (Passive House Institute US, Inc.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. PHIUS trains and certifies professionals, maintains the PHIUS+ climate-specific passive building standard, certifies and quality assures passive buildings, and conducts research to advance high-performance building. Buildings that meet the PHIUS+ standard use 40-60 percent less energy for space conditioning than conventional buildings. PHIUS+ buildings provide superior indoor air quality, resilience during power outages, and an extremely quiet, comfortable indoor environment. Project teams are increasingly adopting passive building principles and the PHIUS+ standard for single-family, multifamily, and commercial construction to achieve Net Zero buildings.