Passive House Regions
with Renewable Energies


A project supported by Intelligent Energy Europe triggering the successful implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings throughout the EU. 14 Partners, 11 Countries, 3 Years, 1 Goal: Supporting the growth of Passive House regions towards an EU energy revolution

Passive House Award 2014: Finalists confirmed

Winners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen

The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard complement each other perfectly. The winners will be announced on 25 April in Aachen, Germany, at the 2014 International Passive House Conference. A list of all finalists can now be viewed on

Ten-point plan for climate protection in the building sector

Passive House Institute publishes position paper for municipalities

Bahnstadt in Heidelberg Climate protection starts at the local level – and energy efficiency in buildings is one of the more important tasks in this respect. To assist municipalities, the Passive House Institute has published a position paper on the topic. The paper sets out a ten-point plan with recommendations detailing how cities and communities can take their commitment forward in an effective way. Press Release


Certificate for first Passive House supermarket in Germany

Innovative project in Hanover’s zero-emissions residential area zero:e park

Passive House supermarket Altogether, this Passive House supermarket promises 30 % in energy savings as compared to conventional supermarkets. The certificate attesting to achievement of Passive House criteria was presented at a conference of the Rewe Group in Hanover. Read more 

EU parliament strengthens climate targets

A decisive vote means increased focus in efficiency and renewables


The European parliament voted to require member states to meet binding national targets on renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. In the decisive vote, 341 to 263 MEPs called for three binding targets for 2030: a 40% cut in greenhouse gases (compared to 1990); at least 30% of total energy coming from renewables; a 40% improvement in energy efficiency. Read the full Guardian article.

Component guidelines for cost-optimal Passive Houses and EnerPHit retrofits


An interactive map, developed by the Passive House Institute, now provides a detailed overview of components required to achieve a Passive House / EnerPHit building in regions across Europe. Move your mouse over a country to display that country's climate zone(s). A click will reveal detailed component guidelines. These guidelines address building envelope and building services components, including renewable energies. Links to realised examples provide insight into successful solutions and contact details of the design team involved. With this information at hand, you can start planning your Passive House with the PHPP. The map is available on Passipedia / Go to Map

Passive House experts provide solutions for energy revolution

2014 International Passive House Conference programme published

Aachen in wintertime (photo:   Andreas Hermann/ats) Darmstadt/Aachen, Germany. When it comes to energy use, it is most sustainable to focus on efficiency first. With Passive House, this is also cost-effective. Practical examples of this approach will be presented by experts from around the globe during the 2014 International Passive House Conference and framework programme, to be held from 23 - 27 April in Aachen, Germany.  Read more


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