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Lessons Learned from a Phius Rater
February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
An essential piece to any certified PHIUS building is an experienced Rater. And from experience comes a deep understanding of the processes, procedures, and potential pitfalls of delivering a Passive Building. Please join us as one such expert in energy consulting, Juanita Ellias, shares her perspectives, best practices and guidance for all members of a project team to perform their best.
- Describe the role of each team member and why they need to be fully engaged for a successful project.
- Define the overall tasks a Rater performs throughout a project.
- Differentiate between what a Rater, CPHC, Architect, and Builder are responsible for.
- Identify the most common oversights made by project teams.
- Discuss value of experience, expertise, and training necessary for PH projects and how to mitigate when one or more team members are lacking.
Juanita Ellias, is a PHIUS+ Rater/Verifier, and owner of Rivercity Woodworking LLC in Milwaukee, WI. Rivercity Woodworking opened in 1998, and in 2008 shifted the direction from restoration to energy consulting services, becoming fully certified as a RESNET Rater in 2010. In 2013, she started her Passive journey by being formally trained as a Rater with her first certified house 2016.
From Juanita, “I have too many degrees to think about: art (painting and sculpture); architectural history; historic preservation methods and policies; HVAC and Advanced Refrigeration and Air Condition. Most important and during the first energy crisis in 1970s my husband and I bought an old house (built 1885-1913 in stages) in Milwaukee. This became my New School and Laboratory where I had learned about the aging process in buildings, heat loads and modeling, materials, reticence in the trades, and new industries.
The program I entered in 2013 was PHI and over the next 10 years the PHI became PHIUS+ and I became as a result not just a Rater, but also a Verifier for DOE and EPA programs –Energy Star, the EPA Indoor AirPLUS, Watersense, and RESNET QAD. The paperwork blossomed, the responsibilities blossomed, and the certifications and re-certifications blossomed. Interest in building a Passive House has also blossomed. In watching a project evolve from start to finish makes sense only from the perspective spelled out in the PHIUS+Guidebook (in 3 versions from 2015, 2018, 2022 . . .). The complexity embedded in this document is lost to the public and often to many of the specialists working under the guidelines.”