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First multi-unit residential building certified to Passive House Plus

The combination of energy efficiency and renewables is the future-proof solution for all buildings, including multi-storey projects – this is demonstrated with a new build in Innsbruck, Austria: the apartment complex is the first of its kind to be certified as a Passive House Plus building. This concept is not just based on a theoretical annual energy balance, which is misleading in practice; instead, the actual amount of regionally and seasonally available renewable energy is taken into account. more

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Component Award announced for ventilation in residential buildings

Ventilation with heat recovery is absolutely essential in energy efficient construction. The application of such systems in practice often fails due to high costs, though. In order to promote low-cost approaches which can facilitate the breakthrough of this key technology in the mass market, the Passive House Institute has announced the Component Award 2016 for ventilation solutions for residential buildings. All-inclusive concepts are being sought for an existing building, which are not only highly energy efficient but also economical. more

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Call for Papers for the International Passive House Conference 2016

Big anniversary for the International Passive House Conference: from 22 to
23 April 2016 this central event for energy efficient construction will take place for the twentieth time running. Experts from around the world can now submit their abstracts. The conference takes place in Darmstadt – the city in Germany, in which the first Passive House was constructed in 1991 and where the first international experts' conference on this subject was held five years later.
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"Active for more comfort" - Passive House brochure as online flipbook

How does a Passive House work? Which requirements exist with regard to components, planning, design, and project implementation? What is it like to live in a Passive House, what has already been built, and why are Passive Houses such an attractive investment? In order to competently answer such questions, the International Passive House Association (iPHA) has created the informational brochure "Active for more comfort". A new edition of this brochure is now available as an online flipbook.

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Distinction for the world's first Passive House Plus

A new chapter in energy efficient construction has begun with the certification of a single-family home in southern Germany as the world's first Passive House Plus. The innovative concept of this house combines the tried and tested advantages of the Passive House Standard with the generation of renewable energy. A Passive House Plus thus constitutes an ideal contribution to climate protection. The clearly defined criteria from the Passive House Institute simultaneously provide reliable guidance for every building owner. more

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Crowdfunding campaign for EnerPHit retrofit in Greece

One very active part of the Greek economy is the Passive House community. In the face of the financial crisis, it is hard to get funding, though. IPHA partners in Greece have therefore started a crowdfunding campaign for a retrofit project in Athens. The Passive House Institute will assist with free quality assurance and certification. In addition, Wolfgang Feist has offered his personal support: for every Euro that is donated to this campaign from outside Greece, he will add a second Euro (maximum 7.500 Euro) from his private savings. more

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Austrian supermarket chain banks on Passive House Standard

Energy efficiency pays off. This is also true in the case of supermarket buildings. One of the pioneers in this respect is MPREIS in Tyrol: A second branch of the store belonging to the Austrian company has received a Passive House certificate. The experiences gained through a pilot project in Pinswang on the German border were so positive that the Passive House Standard was also chosen for the latest supermarket in Natters near Innsbruck. Two other Passive House supermarkets are already under construction. more

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New architecture book presents "Passive House Award" winners

A new book showcasing the winners and finalists of the international "Passive House Award" shows that energy efficient construction is not only profitable, it is also an enrichment for architecture. The book is available in a bound version and in digital form as an online flipbook. All of the award-winning buildings are presented with many photographs and illustrations. Technical details which are relevant for the energy balance are also explained in detail. In addition to the book, there is a poster exhibition on the Award. more

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China's first Passive House office building now certified

The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries' first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified. The building owner and occupant is a company, which will produce high-quality Passive House windows under license for the local construction industry. Even though the energy concept was coordinated with experts from Europe, the building was developed mainly by Chinese stakeholders, and through the use of local materials. more

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Passive House Conference: Solutions for a sustainable energy future

The Passive House Standard enables every building owner to benefit from the energy revolution, with certified components ensuring cost-effectiveness. This basic concept was the focus of the International Passive House Conference, held from 17 to 18 April 2015 in Leipzig. Speakers from all over the world presented exemplary projects and solutions for building systems, ventilation units and windows. An exhibition provided specific examples of products currently available on the market. Conference Review

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Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute introduces new categories for its building certification; in addition to the Passive House Classic, there will be the Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium classes. A new evaluation procedure will serve as a basis for this. The exact certification criteria and details on the renewable primary energy (PER) calculation system are available on Passipedia. / more

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Pioneer Award for 1970s energy efficient house in Canada

This year's Pioneer Award, which recognizes the trailblazers of energy efficient construction, went to Canada. In particular, the Saskatchewan Conservation House was recognized, with which many features of the modern Passive House Standard were successfully tested in 1977. The studies showed that it was mainly a question of thermal protection of the building envelope. Harold Orr, one of the driving forces behind this project, received the Pioneer Award at the International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig. more

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Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

The winners of the second Component Award, this year for Passive House windows for energy efficient solutions in the context of retrofits, have been selected. The joint first prize went to Optiwin for their "System Connecta" and Lorber / Pro Passivhaus-fenster for their "Smartwin Compact S" window. The main challenge was that the product had to show a degree of flexibility since refurbishments are often carried out in a step-by-step manner. The award was presented at the International Passive House Conference 2015. more

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Number of certified Passive House tradespersons hits thousand mark

More and more tradespersons are equipping themselves for the future as the number of certified experts for energy-efficient Passive House construction reaches the thousand mark. This spring alone, more than 200 specialists in twelve countries have taken the Passive House Tradesperson examination. The seal, issued by the Passive House Institute, is increasingly establishing itself as independent proof of competence in the areas of building envelope and building services. more

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New designPH takes Passive House planning to a whole new level

Passive House planning has never been more convenient. The new designPH, a 3D model interface developed by the Passive House Institute, allows for graphic input of energy related design data. Details relating to the thermal building envelope and shading are entered automatically and can be optimised if necessary. The treated floor area can be gradually refined in order to simplify the design process. The results can be exported into the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) with just a few clicks. more / order now

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Monitoring confirms efficiency of Passive House tennis hall in Sweden

On the tennis court, Stefan Edberg was the number one for a long time – today the Swede is reaching top scores with his own indoor sports centre. As the first of its kind, the "Södra Climate Arena" in the city of Växjö was built to Passive House Standard in 2012. New monitoring results not only confirm the low consumption values, but the heating demand during the first two years of operation was even lower than anticipated. A user survey also indicates a high level of satisfaction with the comfortable conditions inside the hall. more

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New EU-funded project Sinfonia looks to refurbishment master plans

Institutions across Europe are working together in the EU-funded project Sinfonia in order to develop feasible energy refurbishment concepts for cities. For the demo cities Innsbruck and Bolzano master plans are prepared and implemented at urban district level. The energy savings are being monitored
by the Passive House Institute, which is also participating in the individual refurbishment projects by providing consulting and certification services and looking at the electrical efficiency in households. more / Sinfonia Website

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Thousands of visitors at International Passive House Days

During the International Passive House Days in early November, hundreds of buildings around the world were opened to the public. Thousands of visitors, wishing to experience the benefits of this energy-efficient construction method for themselves, took advantage of this opportunity: in Europe and America as well as in Asia and New Zealand. Experts demonstrated how it works, residents shared their experiences. An overview of the buildings that were opened is provided on (Photo: Gauler)

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Designers and architects gear up for the future of construction

With the growing importance of energy efficient construction, the need for relevant knowledge is also increasing. Designers and architects around the world are therefore equipping themselves with the necessary expertise - the number of certified Passive House experts has now reached the 4,000 mark.
In June alone, several hundreds of examinations were given in more than
30 countries, in Europe and North America as well as in South Korea and
New Zealand. more

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Accolade for world-class architecture in Passive House Standard

Building with an eye to energy efficiency is not only cost-effective, it can also augment architectural design. This has been proven by the winners of the 2014 Passive House Award. Seven projects were recognised: an apartment block in Berlin (Germany), a New York retrofit (USA), a seminar building in Goesan (South Korea), an art museum in Ravensburg (Germany), a building complex in Espoo (Finland), a terraced house in Philadelphia (USA) and an entire Passive House district in Heidelberg (Germany). more



Passive House also provides answer to energy efficiency in the tropics

Whether in India, Singapore or Brazil – Passive House principles also work in tropical climates. The focus, however, changes: while heating is typically not needed in these climates, efficient cooling and dehumidification methods play an important role. A new study by the Passive House Institute gives concrete design recommendations, showing that, in the Passive House of the tropics, energy demand is also drastically reduced. The entire study is now available online on the knowledge platform Passipedia (member area). more


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Seals for Certified Passive House Components
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EnerPHit - PHI certification for thermal insulation systems
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