The ultimate high performing home is a ‘Certified Passive House’. This home has been tested, measured and internationally certified (& verified) to perform thermally at an extremely high level with known (but little to no) heating and cooling requirements. Cost or design may make this ultimate level prohibitive for some but aiming for the best performance level you can achieve within your personal constraints is always recommended.
You can still achieve a passive house with high performance values through employing the same principles and undertaking PHPP. Certification is not undertaken, so it will not be internationally ‘certified’ or the performance ‘verified’, but PHPP will provide more certainty on what will be delivered than without it.