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…


Designing Sustainable Buildings Made Fun: Enhanced Planning Tool Released

English version of PHPP 9 to be presented at NAPHN Conference in Vancouver (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 16 September 2015) [caption id="attachment_5546" align="alignright" width="397"] Photo Credit: Passive House Institute / Cyrill Rückner, Oliver Rückner, Andreas Gäde[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. The tried and tested PHPP tool for designing energy efficient buildings is available in a brand-new version. This upgrade not only allows reliable calculation of the energy demand in accordance with…


Passive House Residents Offer Insights into Buildings of the Future

Open days in November make visits to many projects around the world possible (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 10 September 2015) [caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="793"] Passive House Institute[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Low-cost, comfortable, sustainable – that's the future-proof formula for the buildings of tomorrow. During the International Passive House Days from 13 to 15 November, everyone will be able to see how this concept is already working, when several hundreds of…


Submit Your Project to the NAPHN Passive House Design Awards 2015

Apply to the NAPHN Passive House Design Awards 2015! These awards recognize individuals, companies and projects that are spearheading the Passive House movement in North America, celebrating the design and construction quality of Passive House projects as part of a continuing history of excellence in low energy design. The winners will be announced at the dinner at Bridge’s restaurant on October 1st, hosted by Lloyd Alter (purchase tickets here). Learn more and submit…


Monitoring Confirms Energy Efficiency of Passive House City District

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 1 September 2015 Report on measurements in Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt project now available online   Passive House City District in Heidelberg, Germany (Image Credit: Passive House Institute) Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg (Germany) has passed the test: according to a report on recent measurements, the values being strived for in relation to energy efficiency were met in full. In 2014, the…


Upgrades in New PHPP 9: PER, Classes, Criteria

From the Passive House Institute (PHI): For almost 20 years, Passive House criteria have constituted guidelines for an excellent level of energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness and comfortable living conditions. To date, more than 1 million square meters of Passive House floor area has been certified through the quality assurance system set up in parallel.  Through the course of time, these criteria have been carefully adapted and augmented several times in line…


Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables – a new eBook from NAPHN

Everyone talks about Net Zero and more and more people are talking about Passive House.   Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables demonstrates that the Passive House pathway is the best way to reach Net Zero.   The international Passive House Standard makes extremely comfortable, durable, healthy and affordable buildings in a growing array of shapes and uses: apartments, schools, even a dental clinic.  All use very little energy.  By optimizing…


Component Award announced for ventilation in residential buildings

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 11 August 2015 Innovators in the field of cost-effective systems for broad application to be honored [caption id="attachment_5342" align="aligncenter" width="779"] Ventilation With Heat Recovery (Image Credit: Passive House Institute)[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5341" align="alignright" width="300"] Component Award 2016 (Image Credit: Passive House Institute)[/caption] Darmstadt, Germany. Ventilation with heat recovery is absolutely essential in energy efficient construction. The application of such systems in practice often fails due…


First multi-unit residential building certified to Passive House Plus

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 4 August 2015 Housing complex in Innsbruck combines energy efficiency and renewables Photo Credit: Neue Heimat Tirol Darmstadt, Germany/Innsbruck, Austria. The combination of energy efficiency and renewables is the future-proof solution for all buildings, including multi-storey projects – this is demonstrated with a new build in Innsbruck: the apartment complex is the first of its kind to be certified as a Passive House Plus building. This…


Call for Papers for the International Passive House Conference 2016

Forum for energy efficient construction returns to Darmstadt on its anniversary (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 29 July 2015) "Darmstadt, Germany. Big anniversary for the International Passive House Conference: from 22 to 23 April 2016 this central event for energy efficient construction will take place for the twentieth time running. Experts from around the world can now submit their abstracts for the conference program. A special focus of the event…


NAPHN Passive House Windows Workshop Series

The Windows of Change are Blowing When the first Passive House was built in Darmstadt, Germany, there was not a single window on the market that met the stringent Passive House performance requirements. Fast forward to today, and the situation is vastly different: a robust European market with over 200 certified Passive House window products. In Canada and the US, the Passive House market is heating up. With countless low,…


China’s first Passive House office building now certified

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 2 July 2015 China’s first Passive House office building now certified Local stakeholders turning increasingly to energy efficiency Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries’ first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua…