News & Events

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Press Release | 24th International Passive House Conference

Share this Post:
Heidelberg Convention Center. Visualisierung Wettbewerb. photo Degelo Architekten

Heidelberg Convention Center. Visualisierung Wettbewerb. photo Degelo Architekten

Buildbetter than required by code!

Great praise for first ever online format –the 2021 conferencein Wuppertal

Darmstadt, Germany. This year the final applause was shared in the chat window: the participants expressed their appreciation for the 24th International Passive House Conference, which was held asan online event for the first time on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past three weeks,more than 800 participants around the world tuned in and listened to the lectures on energy efficient construction and retrofit solutions from their own screens.


The virtual Passive House Café was open 24/7 for international networking. The conference conveyed two important messages, amongst other topics: deep energy retrofits need to be carried out on a broader scale, and construction practices mustexceed the mostly inadequate code requirements for energy efficiency. At the conclusion of the conference, the Passive House Institute announced that the 25th International Passive House Conference will be held in autumn 2021 in the German city of Wuppertal.


"Congratulations onthis amazing conference and our warmest thanks to all those who have made this possible. We have received so much valuable input for the coming months!" Like this participant, many others also confirmed that the 24thInternational Passive House Conference had a lot of substance and was a great success. As one participant put it, the virtual version had taken itsconferenceofferingsto the next level. This includes the fact that it is possible to watch the recordings afterwards.


The relevance of the Passive House standard for climate protectionwas illustrated by Professor Wolfgang Feist.Hebuilt the world's first Passive House building in Darmstadt exactly 30 years ago,in the autumn of 1990. Feist explained that"due to their low energy demand, Passive House buildings are a basic prerequisite for supplying buildings entirely with renewable energy. With this, the energy transition in the building sector can be successful.


A healthy living environment is an added major advantage for occupants of a Passive House building". A workshop emphasized that the Passive House standard should play a more prominentrole in social housing construction. Projects from Tyrol, Darmstadt, Hamburg and Berlin have proventhat with the Passive House standard, social housing construction can be realised in a cost-effective, energy efficient manner that canalso be visually attractive.


Read the full news here.