Passive House wins Isover Energy Efficiency Awards 2013


November 2012 – International Passive House Days

Link here to a review of the Open Days.


9th July 2012 | Wolfgang Feist on tour in the UK

Darmstadt, 9 July 2012: From 30 June – 4 July, Wolfgang Feist, founder and director of the Passive House Institute, visited the UK for the second time this year where he held a series of lectures and seminars at universities in London, Glasgow and Cardiff and announced the winners of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2012 at the 2nd Anniversary Event of the Passivhaus Trust, iPHA’s UK Affiliate.

We invite you to visit the iPHA Website to read the press release on Wolfgang Feist’s UK tour.


Passive House Briefing #3 – FAS Finglas – June 2012

Photos and video

The event was a great success with excellent presentations, a tour of the Passive House Training Lab and a cake to celebrate 10 years of Passive Houses in Ireland!


Passive House Briefing #2 – University of Limerick – 6th June 2012

On Wednesday 6th June a well attended Second Passive House Briefing took place at the University of Limerick under the auspices of Mr Trevor Hickey of UL and Mr Tomas o Leary of the Passive House Academy and PHAI.   Six 20 minute presentations gave valuable overviews and detailed analysis of a range of Passive House Projects.

‘To see such a broad range of construction personnel from architects and contractors to mechanical engineers and planners, each speaking the same language of ‘Passive House’, is encouraging for the future of the design methodology within Ireland’ commented Martin Murray of PHAI.

Future briefings are intended for Dublin (June 28th), and Athlone and Galway later in the year.


16th International Passive House Conference 2012


Photos courtesy of Shane Colclough & Martin Murray

The 2012 International Passive House Conference was a great success with 1,000 visitors from more different nations and more international presentations than ever before in its 16 year history. “Yet, it is not about quantity – what really matters are the contents,” said Wolfgang Feist, thanking the speakers from across the globe for their outstanding contributions.

Passive Houses can be built anywhere in the world; anywhere where people live. No matter the location, Passive Houses offer superior comfort with minimal technological requirements and, even more importantly, with extremely low energy use for heating and cooling. These benefits do not only apply theoretically – Passive Houses have been built and have proven to work across the globe as illustrated by dozens of designers from a variety of countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Korea and China.

The Passive House Standard can be applied to any type of building. Examples featured at this year’s conference include the world’s first tennis hall in Växjö/Sweden and hospitals in Frankfurt and Cologne.

Among the key findings: actual consumption values reflect the enormous energy savings Passive Houses are designed to bring. Passive House design is based on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Suitable for all climate zones worldwide, the PHPP is the leading design tool when it comes to energy efficient buildings.

Conference Plenary Session

Continuously improved components make designing and building Passive Houses all the more feasible. The latest developments and innovations were featured at the Passive House Component Exhibition, the largest of its kind thus far, including a variety of new top level“phA class” windows, another certified compact unit as well as state of the art ventilation systems.

This year’s conference revolved around the adoption of the Passive House Standard worldwide, a development currently spurred by the Passive House Institute’s new EU funded project “PassREg: Passive House Regions with Renewable Energies”.

The project was presented by Wolfgang Feist in his closing speech, leading up to next year’s conference concept and venue: the 17th International Passive House Conference, themed “Energy revolution with Passive House” will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 17 – 21 April 2013. Mark your calendars today!


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