Press Release: 30 June 2014

Award for Heidelberg Passive House district visible in cityscape

Plaque affixed to a Kindergarten in the "Bahnstadt" quarter

Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg's Bahnstadt is the world's largest Passive House district – recently awarded the 2014 Passive House Award at the International Passive House Conference for its exemplary nature. More than one hundred projects entered to compete in a total of six categories. The Bahnstadt district was far and away the favourite in the "region" category. The official award plaque has now been affixed to a kindergarten in the district, thereby making the international recognition visible to passers-by within the cityscape itself. Press Release

 


News: 27 June 2014

Energy efficiency turning heads in the EU

 

Energy efficiency is getting some much deserved attention in the EU of late as ministers from seven member states issued a letter urging the EU Commission to take a harder stance by laying out binding targets for 2030. With the current crisis in Ukraine as their starting point, the ministers affirm that the “reduction of energy consumption through energy efficiency is the most robust and cost effective means of increasing energy security and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.” This letter comes in the run up to a review of the EU’s progress toward set energy efficiency targets for 2020 (see eceee.org review). In January, the Commission had suggested an obligatory 2030 target aiming for a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but had left energy efficiency out of the talks in anticipation of this summer’s review. The review has been called for as a result of the EU’s lack of headway towards the original and non-binding target of a 20% improvement in energy efficiency. According to the Euractiv website, a pre-review report sees vast benefits for the EU’s economy if a binding target of 40% were to be agreed.

 


Press Release: 10 June 2014

Designers and architects gear up for the future of construction

Number of certified Passive House experts globally reaches 4,000 mark

Darmstadt, Germany. With the growing importance of energy efficient construction, the need for relevant expert 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 reached the 4,000 mark - examinations were recently given in more than 30 countries, in Europe and North America as well as in South Korea and New Zealand. A total of 400 specialists proved their expertise relating to future-oriented construction and refurbishment during seminars dealing with subjects ranging from the thermal protection of the building envelope to the correct use of mechanical systems technology. Press Release

 


News: 30 May 2014

EuroPHit Newsletter out

Retrofitting for the energy revolution

 

30 May 2014. The first EuroPHit newsletter is now out, reporting on happenings over the project's first year of exisitence. With the EnerPHit Standard as the goal and Passive House principles as the basis, the EU-funded EuroPHit project applies knowledge on deep energy retrofits to the oft-overlooked yet critical area of step-by-step refurbishments.

 

Read the newsletter

 


News: 28 May 2014

Italian cities subsidise Certified Passive Houses

 

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Two Italian municipalities, Muzzano in the Piedmont region and Botticino in Lombardy, are doing their part to promote and support energy savings with new incentives for the construction or renovation of buildings with low or very low energy consumption.

In Muzzano, Certified Passive Houses are eligible for a 60% reduction in construction permitting fees (primary and secondary planning fees as well as a construction cost based fee) with a maximum discount of €20,000 for each building. In Botticino, Certified Passive Houses enjoy a 15% reduction on primary and secondary planning fees.

 

Read more about Muzzano’s policy (in Italian) | Read more about Botticino’s policy (in Italian)

 


Press Release: 21 May 2014

Passive House: also a solution for hospitals

Key results of baseline study now available online on Passipedia

Darmstadt, Germany. Hospitals are among the most energy-intensive of building types. Here too, the Passive House Standard provides a solution that results in considerable savings. The time is ripe to take advantage of this finding. In Germany, for example, many of the some 2000 hospitals are currently in need of refurbishment – likely a familiar situation in numerous countries. In the Hoechst district of Frankfurt an older hospital building is currently being replaced by a new build with a focus on maximum energy efficiency. The result will be the world's first Passive House hospital. Critical issues regarding the execution of this project were elaborated in a baseline study commissioned by the State of Hesse (in German). A compilation of the overall key results of this study is now available online on Passipedia. Press Release

 


News: 15 May 2014

Ukraine crisis gives weight to energy efficiency on EU agenda

 

15 May 2014. Following a call by 35 Ukrainian cities to increase the energy efficiency of their building stock in the name of energy independence, reports show that "fears of a gas crunch this winter have propelled energy efficiency to the top of the agenda." With the EU 2030 energy targets to be agreed in October of this year, it seems there is some recognition amongst the group of EU Energy Ministers that sharper retrofitting targets in the energy efficiency directive may be the way to go.
Read more on the EurActiv site.

 


Press Release: 30 April 2014

Passive House technology equips building sector for the future

International Conference shows solutions for maximum energy efficiency

Aachen, Germany. Once completed, a building often goes untouched over the course of decades; the energy standard to which it is designed or retrofitted is therefore crucial. At the 2014 International Passive House Conference in Aachen, experts from all over the world showed how current construction practices can be made fit for the future. Recent progress on highly energy efficient building components has been groundbreaking; several examples were presented at the accompanying exhibition. Press Release | Full review

 


Press Release: 25 April 2014

Passive House efficiency makes energy revolution possible

Conference in Aachen showcases cost-effective solutions for climate protection

Aachen, Germany. The building sector plays a crucial role in climate protection, with over a third of total energy consumption in industrialised countries resulting from the use of buildings. At the International Passive House Conference 2014 experts from around the world illustrated how this consumption can be reduced by up to 90 percent. The conference sessions covered the whole spectrum of energy efficient construction and refurbishment. Examples based on current projects and approaches made it clear that Passive House technology also gives rise to considerable cost savings with almost any type of building. Press Release

 


Press Release: 25 April 2014

Accolade for world-class architecture in Passive House Standard

Seven projects receive international Passive House Award


Passive House  Award 2014 Aachen, Germany. 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. Six buildings and one region were honored at the International Passive House Conference in Aachen: 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). The winning buildings as well as the finalists will be part of a travelling poster exhibition and will also be featured prominently in a book on the subject, made possible thanks to the generous support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Press Release

 


Press Invitation: 11 April 2014

Conference showcases solutions for the energy revolution

International platform for sustainable construction from 25 to 26 April in Aachen


Darmstadt, Germany. There is a huge potential for saving energy in the building sector; how this works in practice will be demonstrated at the International Passive House Conference taking place in Aachen, Germany. On 25 and 26 April, experts from all over the world will be presenting the latest projects and practical solutions. An accompanying Passive House components fair will provide building owners and property developers with an overview of opportunities for their own buildings. One of the highlights at this Conference is the presentation of the Passive House Award - an international architecture prize. Press Invitation

 


Press Release: 3 April 2014

Component Award proves Passive House windows profitable

Eleven winners to be honoured at the International Passive House Conference


Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of the first ever Passive House Component Award have been selected - a total of eleven Passive House windows will receive recognition. The real winners, however, are the building owners, for the results of this international competition demonstrate that it is possible to save money with highly efficient building components. Manufacturers offered their products at retail prices including installation for an example building - in the categories "PVC", "Wood", "Wood/Aluminium" and "Aluminium". The Award will be presented at the International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany. more

 


Press Release: 28 March 2014

Passive House Award 2014: Finalists confirmed

Winners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen


Passive House Award 2014 Darmstadt, Germany. The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard complement each other perfectly. An international jury made its selection from approximately one hundred submissions. The winners will be announced on 25 April in Aachen, Germany, at the 2014 International Passive House Conference. A list of all finalists can now be viewed on www.passivehouse-award.org / Press Release

 


Press Release: 13 March 2014

Ten-point plan for climate protection in the building sector

Passive House Institute publishes position paper for municipalities


Bahnstadt in Heidelberg Darmstadt, Germany. Climate protection starts at the local level – and energy efficiency in buildings is one of the more important tasks in this respect. To assist municipalities, the Passive House Institute has published a position paper on the topic. The paper sets out a ten-point programme with specific recommendations detailing how cities and communities can take their commitment forward in an effective way. One of the focal points is the Passive House Standard, which enables energy savings of up to 90 per cent. Press Release

 


News: 11 March 2014

North American Passive House Conference in September


The North American Passive House Network is pleased to announce a two-day conference focused on the International Passive House Standard. Featuring Passive House projects from across the continent and around the world, the NAPH14 will provide an in-depth look at what Passive House is achieving today. The conference will take place September 22-23rd in Portland/Maine, with a keynote address by Dr. Wolfgang Feist. Read more

 


Press Release: 7 March 2014

Update available for Passive House Planning Package PHPP

3D tool designPH available at introductory price through 10 April 2014


PHPP Darmstadt, Germany. An update for the globally established tool for planning energy-efficient buildings is now available: PHPP 8.5. Among the new features included with this update is the capability of working with up to 500 entry fields for areas and windows – especially useful for larger projects. An updated list of Certified Passive House Components has also been included. Perhaps most importantly, this update ensures compatibility with the new 3D tool designPH, available at a greatly reduced introductory price through 10 April 2014. Press Release

 


Press Release: 3 March 2014

New Passive House categories also rate building energy gains

Concept to be presented at the 2014 International Passive House Conference


Solar panel on the roof of a Passive House Darmstadt, Germany. The efficiency of the clearly defined Passive House Standard has been proven with thousands of buildings – in order to also offer a reliable means of orientation regarding the additional use of renewables, the Passive House Institute now plans to introduce new categories. These will not only take energy demand into account, but also energy supply through, for example, solar panels. In this way, Passive House offers an attractive solution for the energy revolution while also serving as the basis for the "Nearly Zero Energy Building", mandatory for all new builds throughout the EU as of 2021. Press Release

 


News: 28 February 2014

City of San Francisco acknowledges Passive House


The City of San Francisco has included Passive House projects in their list of options for fast-track planning approval. This comes after four years of work by members of iPHA Affiliate PHCa (Passive House California) to build awareness about the Passive House building standard and how it is being implemented in California. Link to document

 


Press Release: 24 February 2014

Certificate for first Passive House supermarket in Germany

Innovative project in Hanover’s zero-emissions residential area zero:e park


Passive House supermarket Darmstadt/Hanover, Germany. Although fresh food needs continuous refrigeration, achieving a low energy demand is still possible. This has been demonstrated by the first Passive House supermarket in Germany: In the pilot project, highly efficient equipment reduces energy consumption as much as possible while a well-insulated building envelope ensures that the waste heat generated by the refrigeration system is enough to cover space heating needs. Altogether, this Passive House supermarket promises 30 % in energy savings as compared to conventional supermarkets. The certificate attesting to achievement of Passive House criteria was presented at a conference of the Rewe Group in Hanover. Press Release

 


Press Release: 17 February 2014

Deadline for Component Award approaching

 

With only a few days left for manufacturers of high quality windows to submit their entries, the deadline for participation in the Component Award is fast approaching. The Award, which has been announced for the first time by the Passive House Institute, will be given for particularly energy-efficient products that are also cost-effective. The winners will be selected at the International Passive House Conference, taking place from 25 - 26 April 2014 in Aachen, Germany. Read more

 


News: 5 February 2014

EU parliament strengthens climate targets

A decisive vote means increased focus in efficiency and renewables

 

The European parliament voted to require member states to meet binding national targets on renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. In the decisive vote, 341 to 263 MEPs called for three binding targets for 2030:

Read an article on this in The Guardian.

 


Press Release: 30 January 2014

Monitoring confirms efficiency of Passive House indoor pool

Details to be presented at International Passive House Conference in April


Passive House indoor swimming pool Darmstadt, Germany.The municipal swimming pool operator in the German city of Lünen ventured into unchartered terrain when it decided to build its indoor swimming pool to the Passive House Standard some years ago. This courageous step has now paid off, as the monitoring results show. The savings in terms of energy consumption, for heating as well as for electricity, are substantial compared with other swimming pools. The monitoring carried out by the Passive House Institute also shows that even further optimisation is possible during the building’s use. The beacon in Westphalia thus forms an outstanding basis for subsequent projects. Details on this will be presented by Jessica Grove-Smith from the Passive House Institute at the International Passive House Conference in Aachen, taking place from 25 - 26 April 2014. A general article on the energy efficiency in indoor swimming pools is now available online on Passipedia. Press Release

 


Press Release: 23 January 2014

New components extend the scope of Passive House planning

Over a hundred certificates in 2013 – products now also available for cold climates


Passive House components Darmstadt, Germany. Whether for harsh climates or unusual architectural designs: today, suitable building components are available for almost every Passive House planning challenge. The list of products certified by the Passive House Institute now totals about 500, with the addition of 103 new components in the past year alone. A particularly large number of windows and ventilation units are among these products. Nevertheless, the number of solutions in other areas which have been tested for maximum energy efficiency is also growing, ranging from sliding doors and glazing for roofs to facade anchors and insulation systems. Some of them were recently presented at the Deubaukom Trade Fair in Essen (Germany). Press Release / Component Database

 

 


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