LAIF Component of the Ecocasa Program


Building Passive Houses in Mexico - This section is also available in Spanish

Last update: 18.05.2018


Blower Door Tests carried out in the first pilots


April 2018 – The Consortium GOPA-Passivhaus Institut visited the first projects under construction. These form part of the pilot stage of the construction, where the local expert assigned to the team supervises the process. S/he is also in close contact with the Consortium GOPA-Passivhaus Institut to guarantee that any challenge or problem during construction is identified, solved and can be prevented in the next stage, where the rest of the houses will be built. 


During the visit, while some areas of improvement were detected, the results from the Blower Door Test were very good, with one of the projects even achieving a value below the 0,6/h at 50Pa required for Passive Houses. Learn more about the visits in Elena Reyes' article "On the road to Passive House buildings in Mexico" and read about the impressions from Micheel Wassouf here.


 Pictures from left to right: Blower Door Test, houses from HERSO in Morelia, and houses from DEREX in Nogales.

Moving ahead with the Passive Houses in Mexico


January 2018 – The project developers, local experts and the team of the Consortium GOPA-PHI, together with SHF are working hard to make the Passive Houses a reality in Mexico. By the beginning of 2018, 2 projects are already under construction, 2 more have finished the planning phase and 4 more are defining the final details to get there!

More housing developers to participate in the Ecocasa Program


June 2017 – After a review of possible projects to be optimized, 2 more companies were chosen to take part in the LAIF Component of the Ecocasa Program. The projects, which include an apartment building in Mexico city, will be located in the central part of the country.


Renders of the prototypes courtesy of the housing developers.

EcoCasa receives award from German development bank KfW 


May 2017 – The EcoCasa program was granted a special international award at the 2017 KfW Building Award. This is the first time that an international project receives the award; the jury's reasoning was that the initiators of the project succeeded in uniting social and energy efficient housing while contributing to climate protection. Read the whole article in KfW Stories (in German and Spanish)

LAIF Component in the Passive House Conference


April 2017 – The LAIF Component was presented in the 21st International Passive House Conference in Vienna, Austria. The project was presented by Elena Reyes, Passive House Institute, from the Consortium GOPA-Passivhaus Institut and Ernesto Infante Barbosa, Sub-Director of Multilateral Affairs and Sustainability in SHF.


Workshop: Technologies for energy-efficient houses


September 2016 - The Passive House Institute together with the partners of the Ecocasa LAIF Program organized a workshop to present the technologies that help achieve the Passive House Standard. The workshop was all about bringing together companies interested in building houses that are more energy efficient and manufacturers that make this possible with readily available technologies in Mexico. The one-day event included 14 manufacturers of different technologies and more than a 100 attendees, who had the opportunity to network with one another and share experiences and ideas!



Some of the presentations have been included below:


Ecocasa Program | Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF) | Presentation | Website


Requirements for the Ecocasa MAX / Passive House standard | Passivhaus Institut | Presentation | Website


Ventilation with heat recovery

• Soler & Palau | Presentation | Website
• Air Pohoda | Website



• Saint Gobain | Website
• Torinco | Presentation | Website

• Rehau | Presentation | Website | Video1 | Video2

• ProClima | Website

Coatings with low absorptivity

• DOW Chemical | Presentation | Website 
• a3p Imperllanta | Website


Thermal insulation

• Owens Corning | Presentation | Website
• Estrutec | Presentation | Website 
• BioAislantes | Website


Renewable energy:
• ONYX - Grupo Vázquez Vela | Website
• Módulo Solar | Website

LAIF Component presented at the Spanish Passive House Conference


May 2016 – Javier Flórez from the Consortium GOPA-Passivhaus Institut presented the status of the LAIF Component in the 8th Spanish Passive House Conference (8CEPH) in Pamplona, as part of the session “Passive House City”. CEPH is one of the main events in the field of energy efficiency in buildings in the region.


Passive House course for Mexican housing developers


May 2016 – The representatives from the 5 companies selected to build the Passive Houses are getting ready to start with the planning. Together with the team of local experts that will be guiding the optimization of the project, the developers attended a 5-day course in Mexico City. The course included all the concepts of the standard Ecocasa MAX/Casa Pasiva and PHPP. Javier Flórez from the Consortium GOPA-Passivhaus Institut led the course together with Micheel Wassouf, director of Energiehaus Arquitectos.


Housing Developers selected to build houses under the Passive House Standard in Mexico


May 2016 - After the call for proposals launched last year by Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, 5 out of 14 housing developers in Mexico were selected to participate in the LAIF Component. The selected developers will take one of their existing prototypes and together with a local consultant, will optimize it to the Ecocasa MAX / Passive House standard. The optimized prototype should also achieve an 80% reduction in the GHG emissions during the lifecycle of the house, and be cost-efficient. The projects are located in different cities and climate zones in Mexico. See map below.


Renders of the prototypes courtesy of the housing developers.


About the program:



The EcoCasa Program, managed by Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF) grants credits for the construction of energy-efficient houses that achieve at least a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The LAIF Component is a part of the EcoCasa Program, funded by the Latin American Investment Fund (LAIF – hence the name) from the European Union. The aim of the Component is to build up to 600 houses under the Passive House Standard in order to achieve a reduction of approximately 80% in greenhouse gas emissions. In order to do that, the project developers are offered:

a)Economic incentives in the form of bridge credits and a subvention to cover up to 70% of the additional costs related to the energy efficiency measures, managed by SHF.

b)Technical support provided by the consortium GOPA | Passivhaus Institut, who works together with local advisors to guarantee that all projects achieve the Passive House standard and are built according to planning.

Visit the website of the Ecocasa Program (in Spanish) or contact us for more information on the Passive House standard in Mexico:



Ecocasa and the LAIF Component in the news:

• February 2018: EcoCasa Program Outperforms its Green-Building Goals. By Camilo Monge in Clean Energy Finance Forum, Yale Center for Business and the Environment:

• 2017: Applying the Passive House Standard in Mexico. Albert Beele and Marisa Egea in Passive House Buildings, North American Highlights 2017: 

• May 2017: La “casa eficiente” mexicana. En KfW Stories: 

• May 2017: Ecocasa LAIF recibe reconocimiento por vivienda social pasiva. En Casas y Terrenos: 

• May 2017: Reconocen en Austria, programa mexicano de vivienda Ecocasa LAIF. En Hogares Noticia: 

• May 2016: Ecocasa toma liderazgo sustentable en AL. Mario Vázquez Barrios en Carrusel, Entrevistas: 


Other articles related to Passive House in Mexico:

• October 2017: Wolfgang Feist, una charla con futuro. Por Anatxu Zabalbeascoa en Revista Interjet:

• May 2017: La “casa eficiente” mexicana. En KfW Stories:

• July 2016: La certificación Passivhaus para componentes. En la revista Amevec:

• 2015: New Housing NAMA Mexico, Green Comfort. In NAMA Facility Stories:

• 2015: INHAB, certificación Passivhaus en México:


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