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Better homes with less energy

Saving energy is comparatively easy in the case of buildings: these can be built so that they will not use much energy in the first place. If renewable energy is added to the mix, then sustainability is optimally implemented: "Building the future sustainably!", this is the focal theme of the 24th International Passive House Conference 2020 in Berlin. The German Federal Ministry of Economics has assumed patronage for the conference. The call for papers has begun. Energy efficiency comes first! In order to do more for climate protection in the building sector, first, the efficiency of buildings must be improved significantly.

Buildings will then require very little energy for heating or any cooling. This applies equally for new buildings and retrofits. After that, the energy efficient buildings can be supplied entirely with regionally produced renewable energy. A big advantage of highly efficient buildings is their perceptibly higher level of living comfort. The 24th International Passive House Conference, to which the Passive House Institute and its partners are inviting everyone on 20 and 21 September 2020 (Sunday and Monday) at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, will focus on "Building the future sustainably!"

Green Deal

The recently introduced European Green Deal of the European Commission also mentions highly energy efficient buildings as a contribution to more effective climate protection. For this purpose, among other things, the number of building modernisations will be increase substantially, in that the EU and its member states take part in a "wave of modernisations". With the Green Deal, the European economies will become independent of fossil fuels and climate neutral by the year 2050.

Attractive role models

"With our involvement in China, we have demonstrated our commitment to sustainable development in this large growth area. Europe may only be regarded as an attractive role model by the international community if we can progress in energy efficiency and contribute towards positive overall performance. The chances for this are high with the Passive House standard and EnerPHit modernisations. That is what we wish to demonstrate in Berlin," explains Dr Wolfgang Feist of the Passive House Institute. According to Feist, successful climate protection crucially depends on specific actions to significantly reduce the enormous current emissions on a broad scale.

Abstracts until March 2020

Abstracts for the 24th International Passive House Conference, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economics, can be submitted until 2 March 2020. Among other things, the topics include Passive House buildings and renewable energy supply, Passive House buildings and sustainability, serial retrofits with Passive House components, Passive House buildings in emerging countries and approaches to establishing the political implementation of Passive House constructions.

Passive House and NZEB

The Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), stipulated by the European Union, will also be a key topic in Berlin. New public buildings must already be implemented as NZEB from 2019 according to requirements of the European Union, for private new constructions, these requirements will apply from 2021. The Passive House Standard meets the requirements for NZEB.

Components for energy efficient construction

The Specialist Exhibition for Passive House components will accompany both days of the International Passive House Conference in Berlin. The number of components for energy efficient construction and retrofits, which have been certified by the Passive House Institute and are thus quality approved, has been steadily increasing for many years. With almost 1000 certified components, these products by international manufacturers now constitute a major industrial sector. Many workshops will be organised in the run-up to the 24th International Passive House Conference and after its conclusion. Excursions to ground-breaking Passive House projects are planned on Tuesday 22 September 2020. The big Passive House Party will take place on the evening of the first conference day.

Architecture Competition

At the International Passive House Conference in China in October 2019, the Passive House Institute announced the Passive House Award 2020. This architecture award will recognise extremely energy efficient buildings which have also been certified. It focuses especially on the regenerative energy supply of the buildings. Certified Passive House buildings can be submitted for this award until June 2020. The awards ceremony will be held during the Passive House Conference in Berlin.

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