Emu has worked with many companies interested in certifying their own Passive House construction systems. This is a relatively new concept to the market, and one which we are actively trying to promote even as we certify our own systems. We strongly believe that this sort of standardization in the industry pushes the entire market forward, and in times like these collaboration should be valued above competition.

A Passive House certification of a construction system is independent of the type of construction (masonry, concrete, steel frame, wood and so on). A contractor or manufacturer can certify a system, and make it available to designers and clients who intend to build a Passive House building.

The project team’s jobs are then simplified because the engineering process of the building and the construction documentation are carried out ahead of time. A pre-designed system redistributes work and responsibilities between designers and contractors. The goal is to guarantee a state-of-the-art passive building, meeting stringent technical requirements (energy performance, comfort, airtightness) and in line with realistic, mainstream project budgets.


In 2016, Emu designed the first PH certified construction system for a warm climate (Italy).

The construction system is comprised different assemblies for the thermal envelope of a building, as well as their junctions. It details vertical envelope structures (external wall, wall to ground, wall to unheated space, etc); slab on ground, slab to external air, or slab over unheated space; as well as roof. It also has the installation details for external windows and doors, as well as skylights. Our contractor partner was Montenari Luigi SRL.

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Interested in becoming an Emu Builder Partner or in certifying your own system? 

We are actively seeking Builder Partners to help us launch Emu Systems for North American climate zones. We also work with many colleagues to help navigate the certification process. Please feel free to ask us any questions.