Press Release: 25 March 2015

Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

Winners to be honoured on 17 April at the International Passive House Conference

Winner of Component Award 2015 Darmstadt. 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 in this competition was that the product had to show a degree of flexibility since refurbishments are often carried out in a step-by-step manner. Therefore, ideal windows had to deliver excellent results during the transitional period as well as after the completion of all refurbishment measures. The award will be presented on 17 April at the International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig. Press Release


Press Release: 19 March 2015

New categories for the certification of Passive House buildings  

Evaluation of efficiency takes place according to renewable primary energy system

The new Passive House categories Darmstadt. 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 two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the established Passive House Classic, there will be the Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium classes. A new evaluation procedure which also considers energy generation by the building itself will serve as a basis for this. The exact certification criteria and calculation details according to the renewable primary energy (PER) system are available on the online resource PassipediaPress Release


Press Release: 18 March 2015

Number of Passive House tradespersons hits thousand mark 

Course providers deliver the right practical skills internationally

Passive House Tradespersons Darmstadt. 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 12 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 on this at the 19th International Passive House Conference in Leipzig. Press Release


Press Release: 26 February 2015

Passive House Conference with many offers for municipalities

Results of EU funded project PassREg to be presented as part of the programme

International Passive House Conference Darmstadt. The success of the energy revolution will largely be decided at the local level. The building sector is especially important here because this is where a third of the total energy is consumed. Opportunities for greater efficiency in cities and municipalities will be one of the main topics at the International Passive House Conference, which will take place from 17 to 18 April in Leipzig. Municipal representatives will be able to attend lectures addressing their specific needs. Speakers from many European countries will also present the results of the EU funded project PassREg (Passive House Regions with Renewable Energies). Press Release


Press Release: 29 January 2015

New EU project Sinfonia looks to refurbishment master plans

Passive House Institute to measure energy savings

EU project Sinfonia Darmstadt. 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 the 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 by looking at the electrical efficiency in households. Press Release / Sinfonia Website

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