23 April 2016

Sustainable solutions for new builds and retrofits

Passive House Conference back in Darmstadt for anniversary of building standard

Passive House Conference Darmstadt. A tried and tested solution is already available for buildings of the future: the Passive House Standard combines maximum efficiency with optimal comfort. How this works, is demonstrated by experts from all over the world on 22 and 23 April during the International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt. This event also marks an anniversary: 25 years ago, the world's first Passive House building was built just a few kilometres away from the congress centre – and a new study, presented at the Conference, proves the sustainability of the concept.

Press Release | 2016 Conference in Review


19 April 2016

New database provides overview of Passive House components

Convenient search for certified products / Details at conference in Darmstadt

Passive House Component Database Darmstadt. Whether just browsing or to find a specific product – a new online database provides a detailed overview of components for Passive House construction. All
of the products, which have been independently tested and certified with reference to their energy-relevant qualities, are listed together with relevant technical information; triple-glazed windows and ventilation systems with heat recovery as well as insulation systems and balcony connections, to name a few. Details about the new database and possibilities of its use in practice will be presented at the International Passive House Conference 2016 in Darmstadt. Press Release


12 April 2016

Passive House Conference: solutions for buildings of the future

World’s first experimental project still saving energy reliably after 25 years

Passive House in Darmstadt Darmstadt. The "birthplace" of the Passive House is celebrating: the world's first building of this kind was built in Darmstadt 25 years ago – and a recent follow-up study has proved its sustainability. Well over 90 percent of the energy for heating is still being saved even after a quarter of a century. The International Passive House Conference 2016 will therefore not only look back at the beginnings, but also set sight to the future. Experts will present projects, solutions and approaches which make the building sector sustainable and therefore fit for the future. Press Release


23 March 2016

Passive House Institute launches e-learning program

New online modules form an ideal basis for experts' workshops and seminars

Passive House E-Learning Darmstadt. With a tablet at home or with a smartphone during the daily commute – a new e-learning program is making basic Passive House training more comfortable than ever before. The video-based modules, now available online, are equally suitable as an introduction for laypersons and as preparatory material for courses aimed at certification as a Passive House Designer or Consultant. Press Release


17 March 2016

Component Award for exemplary ventilation concepts

Winners to be presented at International Passive House Conference

Component Award 2016 Darmstadt. The winners of the Component Award 2016 for ventilation solutions in residential buildings have been selected. The first prize goes to a concept by the Austrian manufacturer Pichler. A joint second prize will be granted to the Dutch company Vaventis and the Italian firm Michael Tribus Architecture. The approaches for building retrofits selected by a jury are not only characterised by a high level of energy efficiency, but also by their economic viability. The presentation of the Award will take place at the International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt. Press Release


24 February 2016

Pioneers of "energy revolution" at Passive House Conference

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Franz Alt will discuss potentials of building sector

Franz Alt and Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker Darmstadt. Eminent guests are expected at this year’s Passive House anniversary celebration: two of the masterminds of the German “energy revolution” will come to Darmstadt on 22 and 23 April. At the 20th International Passive House Conference, Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Dr. Franz Alt will lecture on the economic advantages of energy efficiency and climate protection. A subsequent panel discussion with Dr. Wolfgang Feist, who built the world's first Passive House 25 years ago, will focus on ways towards a sustainable energy supply for everyone. Press Release


11 February 2016

First Passive House projects in Greece and Turkey now certified

Building standard provides maximum efficiency also in the Mediterranean climate

Passive House in Greece Darmstadt. With intelligent architecture, considerable energy savings are possible in every climate. The latest examples of this now stand in Greece and Turkey. A complex of terraced houses and an environmental education centre are the first buildings to fulfil the criteria of the Passive House Standard in these two Mediterranean countries. The specific challenges for energy efficient construction in regions with a warm climate will be presented based on these and other projects at the International Passive House Conference 2016. Press Release


21 January 2016

New Passive House office building in Frankfurt now certified

Visits to take place around the International Passive House Conference 2016

New Passive House building in Frankfurt Frankfurt. Curved façades, but a straightforward energy concept: a new office building in Frankfurt, Germany, clearly shows the potential of sustainable building design, with an architectural style that is not only elegant but also intelligent. The result is a 90 percent reduced heating demand and perceptibly increased comfort due to high indoor air quality. The building thus meets with the criteria for the Passive House Standard. Details of the energy efficient solutions for the building services and building envelope will be discussed in April during excursions as part of the International Passive House Conference 2016. Press Release


6 January 2016

Passive House Conference back in Darmstadt for its anniversary

Programme of international event in April available online – registration now open

The first Passive House Darmstadt. The Passive House is now 25 years old; to celebrate this, the International Passive House Conference is returning to Darmstadt – the city in Germany, in which this success story began. On 22 and 23 April 2016, over a hundred speakers from all over the world will report on the latest projects relating to highly energy efficient construction and retrofits. But the anniversary will also serve as an occasion for a review, with the presentation of results relating to the durability of the individual building components of the first Passive House. The complete Conference programme is now available online. In addition, registration is now possible at www.passivehouseconference.org. Press Release: English / Español



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