Dublin City Council Votes to Make Passive House Standard Mandatory

Dublin City Council has voted to make the passive house standard or demonstrably equivalent evidence-based approaches mandatory for all new buildings in the city, after a similar policy was enacted in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in February. (From Passive House Plus Magazine) On 30 May the council met to discuss the chief executive’s report on the public consultation in response to the first draft of the development plan, which included…


NYC’s First Certified Passive House Townhouse in a Landmark District

    Location:  20 Garden Place, Brooklyn Heights, New York Size:  3600 Square Feet Levels:  4 Levels + Cellar + Penthouse Addition Construction:  Masonry Row House, Exposed Front and Rear Walls       The home at 20 Garden Place was a two-family home in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District that Baxt Ingui Architects converted into a single family home. Where most of the exterior detail at the front façade remained…



Pioneers of German “Energy Revolution” will be at Passive House Conference in Darmstadt

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Franz Alt will discuss building sector potentials   20th International Passive House Conference Darmstad, Germany  •  April 22-23, 2016. (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 24 February 2016)  Darmstadt, Germany. 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,…


LAST DAY for Discounted Tickets to 20th International Passive House Conference 2016

Top-class presentations, interactive workshops and an informative exhibition provide new inspiration and information about Passive House. The 20th International Passive House Conference brings you back to the place where it all started – the city which boasts the first Passive House building and hosted the first-ever Passive House Conference. Come celebrate 25 Years of Passive House with us! The 20th International Passive House Conference will be held in Darmstad, Germany…


First Passive House Projects in Greece and Turkey Now Certified

Passive House Building Standard Provides Incredible Efficiency in the Mediterranean Climate (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 11 February 2016) [caption id="attachment_6482" align="alignleft" width="300"] Passive House Turkey - Photo Credit: Gaziantep Municipality[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. 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 center are the first buildings to fulfill…


Passive House Academy Announces 2016 Training Dates with NYSERDA Discounts

The Passive House Academy (PHA) has announced several new dates for Passive House professional certifications.  There is no better time to register than the present, as NYSERDA has offered to extend its 60% course fee discount on several of the year's upcoming New York State courses.  Funding will be offered to New York State residents for New York classes on a course-by-course basis until it runs out, so register for…


New Passive House Office Building in Frankfurt Now Certified

Visits to take place around the International Passive House Conference 2016 (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 January 2016) [caption id="attachment_6433" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: City of Frankfurt[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. 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…


20th International Passive House Conference Back in Darmstadt for its Anniversary

International Passive House Conference Program Now Available Online (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 6 January 2016) 20th International Passive House Conference April 22-23, 2016 in Darmstadt, Germany Discounted Early Bird Registration Open Now - Reserve Your Spot Today! Darmstadt, Germany. 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…


World’s First Passive House Premium Now Certified

(Press Release, Passive House Institute, 3 November 2015) Darmstadt, Germany. One of the world’s most sustainable buildings stands in Bavaria: as the first of its kind, a mixed residential and commercial project in the town of Kaufbeuren has met the criteria for a Passive House Premium certification. With a heating demand of only 8 kWh/m²a, it is uniquely energy efficient. At the same time, a 250 m² photovoltaic system on…


World’s Largest Building Retrofitted to EnerPHit Standard Now Certified

Innsbruck University project open to public during International Passive House Days (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 27 October 2015) Innsbruck, Austria. A completely modernized university building in Innsbruck, Austria demonstrates the energy saving potential available with refurbishments. Through integrated planning, the heating demand of the building was reduced from 180 kWh/m²a to just 21 kWh/m²a. The project thus meets the criteria of the EnerPHit Standard for retrofits with Passive House…


New Passive House Classes Presented at Vancouver Conference

Criteria combining energy efficiency and renewables take immediate effect (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 7 October 2015) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="771"] Photo Credit: Passive House Institute[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Clearly-defined criteria for combining the international Passive House Standard with renewable energy sources are now applicable: the Passive House Institute's new guidelines for building evaluation have come into effect with the introduction of a new version of the planning tool PHPP at…