The Irish Government has expressed its opposition to the local Dublin authority Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council’s plans to make passivhaus standards mandatory for new buildings. According to the Department of Environment, this move would increase the cost and slow down the construction of new homes, and warned that Alan Kelly - the minister for the environment - would consider invoking a rarely-used legal clause in order to intervene in local planning matters, if needed. Advocates for more energy-efficient housing have criticised this interference from the central government.
How does a Passive House work? Which requirements exist with regard to components, planning, design, and project implementation? What resources exist to help with Passive House design? What is it like to live in a Passive House, what has already been built, and why are Passive Houses such an attractive investment? In order to competently answer such questions, the IPHA has created an informational brochure entitled, Active for more comfort: The Passive House.
The ongoing PassREg project aims to trigger the successful implementation of NZEBs throughout the EU by promoting buildings built according to the Passivhaus concept (extremely low energy needs for heating and cooling and a limit to total primary energy consumption) and supplied by renewable energies as much as possible.
This project is thus based on European regions/municipalities that either are:
EuroPHit aims to significantly increase the quality and energy efficiency of one of the most common types of refurbishment: retrofits conducted gradually over a period of years.
With the EnerPHit Standard as the goal and Passive House principles as the basis, EuroPHit applies knowledge on deep energy retrofits to the often overlooked yet critical area of step-by-step refurbishments.
The house construction sector in Europe is facing the need to meet stricter energy requirements. For example, some customers are demanding passive houses with almost no demand for space heating. Passive house quality assurance systems have been introduced to certify the energy performance of such houses. The aim of this study was to identify opportunities for improving passive house certification in line with customer's comfort expectations.
The international Passivhaus Database brings together different Passivhaus databases and offers a wide reaching overview of the international development of the Passivhaus standard with the following functions:
Fundamental information about Passivhaus...
Database for realised Passivhauses with information on the construction, building technique and energy characteristics....
Search functions: detail search, full text search, Geo search...
Organisational structure for the International Day of Passive Houses...