Passive House at COP27


iPHA has worked hard to secure multiple hybrid events at COP27 this year. The following is a schedule of Passive House events that took place at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh.

From 8 to 17 November, the Buildings Pavilion hosted over 50 events in line with the daily themes interconnected with the COP27 Presidency and Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) agendas.



(click on the event title to watch the recordings)


November 10, 2022


Climate adaptation, building summer comfort : feed-back from voluntary and mandatory schemes implementation and perspectives in a RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 context

  Buildings have to provide comfort under warmer outdoor weather conditions, primarily by up-to-date passive techniques and bioclimatic architecture and efficient active systems for the residual energy needs. Resilient new buildings and renovations should anticipate in their design, construction and operation the average raise in temperatures and provide thermal safety against longer and stronger heatwaves.

What are the current approaches and solutions to those needed services in such locations as the Mediterranean and African regions under warmer outdoor weather conditions and heat waves as of the RCP 4.5 and 8.5 scenarios? Are future weather files ready and available as input for the design? How can these approaches support energy sufficiency, efficiency, and flexibility to integrate variable RES, coupled with affordability objectives? What are the enablers for the scaling up of future-proof buildings in a warmer climate?

This session provides different points of view on these challenges, with a panel of speakers involved in the strategy design and the project's implementation, in different locations in the world.



Climate resilience in the built environment: adapting to a changing climate

  Our built environment is continually growing to meet the demands of changing, urban-centric populations. Two-thirds of people will live in cities by 2060, yet half of the urban fabric to accommodate them has not yet been built. It is critical that design and investment decisions taken today consider the scale, scope and severity of climate change impacts that will affect these built assets. The built environment sector has the opportunity to lead the resilience agenda, placing adaptation on par with mitigation through how we design, manage and occupy buildings and infrastructure for the world's people.

In this session, the World Green Building Council and partners will position the built environment as a priority solution for climate resilience and adaptation, explore key topics including finance and civic participation, and present the massive opportunity to deliver system transformation to improve livelihoods worldwide.



November 12, 2022


Climate change and the commitment to 'leaving no one behind' in cities - the role of built environment solutions to secure resilience and inclusion

  To achieve inclusion in cities, meanwhile tackling climate change, there is a need to acknowledge sustainability from a lato-sensu standpoint - considering its trade-offs and short and long-term consequences. In this sense, the session aims to address the reinforced contribution of local governments to ensure resilience to its territory, and dignity to those facing vulnerable situations through built environment solutions. The discussion will spotlight both small and large-scale examples of interventions and will raise awareness on equity and climate vulnerability.



The future of building: Supporting Passive House training uptake at higher education institutions

  This session will provide a solution to an often-cited concern in the design and construction industry: a lack of capacity. The speakers will discuss their experiences integrating modules on fabric-first design and construction into coursework at higher education institutions and how Passive House can benefit higher education facilities by providing high-quality campus buildings and preparing students for the future of design and construction.



November 15, 2022


Aligning clean energy goals and building codes to support a decarbonised future

  This session will explore the essential role of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and technologies coupled with building energy codes and above code programs in achieving GHG emission reductions. Buildings are a key mechanism for the deployment of distributed renewable generation. Policies that support the widespread achievement of net zero energy buildings rely on access to clean energy sources. Aligning clean energy policies with building policies and programs is an important mechanism to achieve 'zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.'



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