Passive House Regions with Renewable Energies
A project supported by Intelligent Energy Europe triggering the successful implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) throughout the EU.
14 Partners, 11 Countries, 3 Years, 1 Goal
Supporting the growth of Passive House regions towards an EU energy revolution
The 2014 Passive House Award
Seven winners, six categories
On February 10th, after a day of deliberation, the 2014 Passive House Award jury selected 21 finalists and 7 winners (among them one Passive House region) spread across 6 categories from amongst the 92 eligible submissions. Go to award website
Certificate for first Passive House supermarket in Germany
Innovative project in Hanover’s zero-emissions residential area zero:e park
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.
NEW: 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 for the respective region.
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,
Passive House experts provide solutions for energy revolution
2014 International Passive House Conference programme published
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