Emissions Down, Scale Up: Phius 2021 Year in Review

This past year was the start of something special at Phius.

We began 2021 by declaring a commitment to “Emissions Down, Scale Up!” and we did just that. From the Phius staff to the inaugural PhiusCon (formerly North American Passive House Conference) to the greater passive house community, we have witnessed plenty of growth over the last 12 months.

New Brand Same Phius GraphicTo commemorate the year that was, we have compiled some of the accomplishments from 2021 that we and dedicated professionals like you have accomplished together. 

  • We safely hosted a sold-out PhiusCon in Tarrytown, New York, which created a substantial wave of momentum throughout the industry as we charge into 2022. We also announced PhiusCon 2022 will be taking place Oct. 25-28 in Chicago.
  • We successfully launched an Intro to THERM Workshop and WUFI Passive for Beginners training in 2021. We plan to launch several more to continue spreading knowledge in 2022.
  • We welcomed five new members to the Phius team last year, adding to the tremendous and ongoing growth of the Phius staff. We’re thrilled to have John, Tony, Max, Josh and David on board!
  • We began the transformation of the Phius brand as we work to scale up. There is much more to come in 2022 with the launch of our brand new website and Phius portal, both of which will help us continue to grow passive house.
  • The Phius Alliance activated the Southern region, including the addition of our brand new Houston Chapter! This movement fueled our decision to host PhiusCon 2023 in Houston, so get ready for Phius to head south next year.
  • A number of bills were passed aimed at reducing the use of natural gas in the built environment, including a significant piece of legislation recently in New York City.
  • We went global as we hosted the first-ever Phius CPHC training and certification exam in Japan in partnership with PHIJP! We have also created a Japanese version of our criteria calculator to provide those professionals with all the tools they will need.
  • We celebrated the top passive house projects in our annual Phius Passive Projects Design Competition! We are always grateful to the teams who submit their wonderful projects, and we were once again blown away by the ingenuity of all the submissions. The projects were so impressive this year, that our distinguished panel of judges named two winners of Best Overall Project: Solis and McQuesten Lofts.
  • We had more than 1.8 million square feet of submitted projects in 2021, and we look forward to blowing past the 2 million mark in 2022.

We are proud of what we have accomplished, but we are nowhere near satisfied. There is so much work to be done, and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working hard to ensure that this list is twice as long next year.

Meet the Newest Phius Team Members

They say the only constant in the world is change, and that has certainly been true over the past 18 months.

As COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of life during that time, we at Phius have been lucky enough to not only stay the course, but greatly expand. Our vision is only getting larger, and in order to make that vision a reality, we needed some help.

We are thrilled to say that we got exactly the help we needed with several new additions to the Phius staff. Each staff member brings their own unique skill set to the table and will be instrumental in the future of our organization. 

Without further adieu, we would like to introduce the newest members of the Phius staff!

Jennie EberJennie Eber, Alliance Constituent Coordinator

Jennie started at Phius in August of 2020. She serves as the Alliance Constituent Coordinator at Phius, supporting members and chapters across the country. She works closely with members to ensure they receive the best possible benefits of being part of Phius. Prior to joining Phius, Jennie worked in development for a local tax assistance organization after moving from Philadelphia where she worked in membership organizations supporting volunteers and communications across internal and external platforms. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits.

Jennie has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration, nonprofit management from George Mason University.

 

 

Michael FrancoMichael Franco, Product Certification Program Coordinator

Michael Franco joined Phius in October 2020 as the Product Certification Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Phius, Michael worked as an account manager for an MRO distributor in the industrial sector.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University and an M.S. in Project Management from USC.

 

 

 

 

Max LapthorneMax Lapthorne, Marketing Communications Specialist

Max Lapthorne joined Phius in May of 2021 as the Marketing Communications Specialist. Prior to joining Phius, he worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist on an in-house marketing team in Hoffman Estates where he spearheaded the launch of a new loyalty program. He also previously worked as a newspaper editor for 22nd Century Media in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University

 

 

 

 

photographs by lawrence braun

John Loercher, Certification Staff

John Loercher joined the Phius certification team in August of 2021. He provides design review, updates our existing CPHC training curriculum and helps expand the advanced training offerings at Phius. Prior to joining the certification team, John has been an active CPHC since 2016 and has certified all building types ranging from single-family and multi-family residential, commercial, new construction and retrofits. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and holds a masters of architecture from Parsons the New School for Design.

He is currently on the advisory board of the Phius Alliance – Hudson Valley chapter and serves as the Secretary and Northeast Regional Representative for the national Phius Alliance chapter.

 

 

 

Al MitchellAl Mitchell, Technical Staff

Al Mitchell joined the Phius team in July 2020 to aid in technical capacities, ranging from research to project certification. He holds degrees in architectural engineering and architecture from Illinois Tech and Ball State University respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Reid-WynnSteven Reid-Wynn, Office Administrator

Steven Reid-Wynn joined Phius in June of 2020 as the office administrator, where he supplies administrative and financial support for the staff.

Prior to Phius, he has worked as an Accounting/Finance Manager for an IT staffing firm and Bookkeeper/Office Manager for a local startup. He has more than 20 years of experience working within accounting departments, office management, and operations. He studied Accounting at Kentucky State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

 

 

 

Josh RuedinJosh Ruedin, Professional Training and Education Programs Manager

Josh Ruedin joined Phius in January of 2021 as the Professional Training and Education Programs Manager. He oversees live and on-demand training offerings and works closely with stakeholders and subject matter experts to ensure that Phius’ certification trainings and continuing education offerings provide quality learning opportunities.

He has worked as a high school English teacher, managed continuing education programs for radiologists, and directed online safety and health trainings for frontline construction and industry workers. 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.