Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy #EfficiencyFirst



The International Passive House Association (iPHA) is a global network uniting both Passive House experts and enthusiasts alike. Together with its 22 Affiliate Organisations, iPHA works to promote the Passive House standard and foster a greater public understanding of its benefits and achievability. The network makes a wealth of information available and facilitates active exchange among professionals, policymakers and the public.


In 2021, the iPHA Network will be running the "Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy #EfficiencyFirst" campaign. Over the course of the year, iPHA, together with its affiliate organisations will be running a series of activities and events to promote the significance of an efficiency first approach.


Make your building work for you and live better using less energy in a comfortable, healthy, sustainable and future-oriented Passive House.


Passive House and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Connecting an international building standard with global aims


In 2015, the UN set 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reached by 2030. Envisioned as a ‘‘blueprint to achieve a better and a more sustainable future for all’’ [UN 2020] they cover a wide array of fields and topics. The international Passive House Standard plays a direct role in achieving many of these global aims for the built environment. The article "Passive House and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Connecting an international building standard with global aims", written by Giorgia Tzar, outlines the main topical areas where Passive House aligns and contributes to the SDGs.


The article has been published on Passipedia.org and can be read here.


Download the infographic based on the article here.




Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy #EfficiencyFirst Videos



To mark the occasion of Earth Day 2021, the International Passive House Association, together with our affiliate partners from all over the world, launched a series of videos to highlight the benefits of the Passive House standard and an efficiency first approach. The videos are available in a range of languages and regional versions including Spanish; German; Mandarin; French and more!


The theme for this year's Earth Day is 'Restore our earth'. In line with this important topic, our new video shows how the Passive House approach contributes to a positive future for our built environment.


Find your local video on your affiliate organisation's website or via the dedicated playlist on the iPHA Youtube channel!



Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy #EfficiencyFirst Pamphlets



Download the iPHA #EfficiencyFirst Pamphlet


Meeting our goals for climate protection


Detailing the benefits of Passive House, why we should think #EfficiencyFirst when tackling building projects and the ways in which the Passive House standard provides a pathway to meeting our climate goals, the pamphlet is available in multiple languages including: Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Dutch, Swedish, German, Hungarian and Italian. There are also local versions of the pamphlet available for:

The UK and USA (nationwide, California and New York), New Zealand and Austria.


Find your regional pamphlet on your local affiliate organisation's website and in the list below:




Pamphlet in Arabic




Passive House Bulgaria




Stichting PassiefBouwen




Australian Passive House Association


New York Passive House


North American Passive House Network


Passive House California


Passive House Association of Ireland


Passive House Institute New Zealand


Passivhaus Trust




Iran Passive House




Pamphlet in French




IG Passivhaus Deutschland


Passivhaus Austria




Hellenic Passive House Institute




Passive House Hungary




Federazione Italiana Passivhaus






Pamphlet in Mandarin




Associação Passivhaus Portugal




Passive House Association Romania




Pamphlet in Russian




Instituto Passivhaus Chile


Plataforma Edificación Passivhaus




IG Passivhus Sverige




#ExplainPassiveHouse Competition



Have you seen the well-known visual example describing Passive House as a thermos
versus a conventional building as an actively heated coffee machine? It’s time for an


The winner of the #ExplainPassiveHouse competition is Andy M. from Australia, for his video comparing a watertight bowl to a colander. Congratulations Andy! Thank you to everyone who entered for your creativity and for thinking #EfficiencyFirst!


Winner of the #ExplainPassiveHouse Competition



#ExplainPassiveHouse Competition Honourable Mentions




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