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Munich shows its efficient side

Munich has many great examples of climate-friendly construction projects and residential districts. These projects are setting new energy efficiency and community life standards at affordable prices! The 22nd Passive House Conference in Munich will provide insights into these unique and surprising residential projects. The main topic of the upcoming conference "Passive House – it's worth it", puts a special focus on aligning economic viability with energy efficiency. "Energy efficiency improves comfort and reduces the risk of structural damage. For new constructions and renovations alike, energy efficient construction ultimately reduces the overall cost burden for the residents of the building," explains the founder of the Passive House Institute, Professor Wolfgang Feist. The Passive House Institute will host the International Passive House Conference and the accompanying Passive House Exhibition.

Munich and Passive House

Although Munich is often in the news for its high prices and rental costs, the International Passive House Conference offers a very different view of how people live in the provincial capital, pointing out that a lot is happening in Munich and Bavaria with regard to energy efficiency.

Many Passive House buildings in Munich and its surroundings

This is can be seen not only by the "10,000 Houses Programme" which promotes efficient and system compatible buildings, but also the numerous buildings constructed to the Passive House Standard. These include buildings belonging to the Montessori Society of Erding, the administrative building of the Eitting wastewater association, the extension of the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich and numerous retrofits projects.

Munich – a role model for district development

Munich is also setting an example when it comes to the development of districts. Great emphasis is put on energy efficient building standards and cohousing, as has been done in the districts of Ackermannbogen and Domagkpark. Both these districts evolved in Munich on the sites of former barracks and today they provide several thousand people with affordable living space within the city's limits. Excursions to these city districts will be organised as part of the Passive House Conference.

Economic viability

More than 120 speakers from 50 countries are expected to give lectures at the 22nd International Passive House Conference. During the many working groups on both conference days, they will focus on projects relating to new constructions and retrofits. In line with the main topic of the conference, the focal point will be on the economic viability of Passive House projects. Additional attention will be given to cost-effective ventilation solutions, ecological aspects of construction, and components and building technology. The Passive House party will take place on Friday evening after the conference, with participation included in the conference fee.

Numerous workshops

The 22nd International Passive House Conference will be held on March 9-10 at the MOC in Munich. Numerous workshops will be organised from Monday until Thursday, including one on airtightness and moisture control in different climates. Other workshop topics include building envelopes, cooling and dehumidification and the planning tools PHPP and designPH.

Passive House Specialists Exhibition

Passive House components will be displayed at the two-day trade exhibition which will take place parallel to the Conference. Leading national and international manufacturers will present their components for building and retrofitting to the Passive House Standard. Besides windows and doors, heat recovery ventilation systems and systems for thermal insulation, measurement devices will also be on display.

Excursions to Munich and the surrounding region

At the end of the Conference on Sunday, 11 March 2018, attendees will be able to take part in excursions to interesting Passive House projects in Munich and the surrounding region. The Conference languages are German and English; simultaneous translation into English will be available for lectures in the German language. The early booking discount will be available until 15 January 2018.

On the picture (Léonwohlhage, © Christian Richters, Berlin): The Maximilianeum built in 1874 is one of Munich's major landmarks and also the seat of the Bavarian State Parliament. Almost 150 years after its initial construction, the historic building has received an energy efficient extension built to the Passive House Standard.

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