The EU, in light of the 2030 and 2050 energy and climate goals, has adopted an ambitious vision for the energy performance of its buildings among other measures. This is because the building sector still represents about 40% of energy consumption in the EU with the largest cost-effective savings potential. However, in order to meet this vision, the construction sector must be ready to deliver high-performance retrofits and nearly zero energy buildings. As in every field, this would require a number of qualified professionals and building workers.
Post date: 28 Apr 2020
The Passive House standard, as promoted by the Passive House Institute (PHI) achieves highly energy efficient buildings whose demand for heating and cooling energy can be reduced by as much as 90% compared to conventional builds. This is achieved using an envelope-first approach and considers the five principles of Passive House: airtightness, high-quality windows, climate-applicable insulation, avoidance of thermal bridges and sufficient ventilation.
Post date: 30 Mär 2020
Against the background of climate change and increasing environmental awareness, new build construction is booming in some regions, while others face the challenge of retrofitting whole districts. In short: there has never been a better time to future-proof our building stock. The recent 23rd annual International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China not only highlighted the international applicability of the Passive House standard, but also the enormous opportunity it presents to reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector.
Post date: 26 Feb 2020