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Photo: © Passive House Institute (Germany) The Muhmann family won a short stay in a Passive House in Großschönau (Austria).

Photo: © Passive House Institute (Germany) The Muhmann family won a short stay in a Passive House in Großschönau (Austria).

Darmstadt, 15.1.2013. Those wishing to experience the advantages of Passive House buildings first hand can avail themselves of the opportunity to do so in April in a competition taking place at the International Passive House Conference in Frankfurt am Main. Correct answers to some simple Passive House questions combined with a bit of luck can win you a short stay in a particularly efficient accommodation in Vienna, near the River Rhine or at the foot of the Alps. The winners of last year’s competition confirm that it’s worth your while! (more…)

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10.01.2013 PHI Press release

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist presents certificates to the BAU in Munich

Darmstadt / Munich. The design flexibility in the planning of a Passive House is growing.

The number of newly certified by the Passive House Institute components reached 2012 a Record – a total of 134 products were awarded the recognized PHI seal of quality. Special requests a builder for architects are also at the highest standards of energy efficiency so no longer a problem: Even for components such as doors, skylights and balcony systems some manufacturers have now become certified products. At the trade fair BAU 2013 Munich in the Passive House Institute will award certificates for a number of new products. (more…)

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NASA’s Global Hawk remotely operated Earth science aircraft No. 872 banks right over Edwards Air Force during a checkout flight.

The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), a multi-year airborne science campaign with a heavily instrumented Global Hawk aircraft, will take off from and be operated by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The Global Hawk is able to make 30-hour flights.

Water vapor and ozone in the stratosphere can have a large impact on Earth’s climate. The processes that drive the rise and fall of these compounds, especially water vapor, are not well understood. This limits scientists’ ability to predict how these changes will influence global climate in the future. ATTREX will study moisture and chemical composition in the upper regions of the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere. The tropopause layer between the troposphere and stratosphere, 8 miles to 11 miles above Earth’s surface, is the point where water vapor, ozone and other gases enter the stratosphere. (more…)

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cosme_buttonThe new Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) will run from 2014 to 2020, with a planned budget of €2.5bn (current prices).


  • facilitating access to finance for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • creating an environment favourable to business creation and growth
  • encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in Europe
  • increasing the sustainable competitiveness of EU companies
  • helping small businesses operate outside their home countries and improving their access to markets (more…)

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Photo: © DOHA 2012: Peter Altmaier,the German Environment Minister, and Ed Davey, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

06 December 2012
Press notice: 2012/159

Joint Press Release Of The German Federal Ministry For The Environment, Nature Conservation And Nuclear Safety (Bmu) And The Department Of Energy And Climate Change (DECC) Of The United Kingdom

Support For Developing Countries To Implement National Climate Mitigation Activities


On 6 December, during the climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the United Kingdom (UK) launched the “NAMA Facility” to support partner countries to implement ambitious action against climate change. (more…)

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Review of the 16th International Passive House Conference by Dr. Wolfgang Feist

The 2012 International Passive House Conference featured more presentations and participants from more different nations than ever before in its 16 year history. Yet, it is not about quantity – what really matters is quality and I would like to thank our speakers from across the globe for making this conference a world class event.

These are the key conference findings:

  • Passive Houses can be built anywhere in the world; anywhere where people live.
  • No matter the location, Passive Houses offer superior comfort with minimum technological requirements and, even more importantly, with extremely low energy use for heating and cooling. The importance of dehumidification in tropical climates was among the many climate specific aspects discussed and Passive House suitable solutions were presented at the conference. (more…)

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The 16th International Passive House Conference was held in Hannover, Germany on 4 and 5 May 2012. More than 1,000 visitors from all over the world came in Germany to join the biggest event that claims to be the world most significant conference on energy efficient buildings.

Gatehouse guild-Carré in Hanover architect Olaf Schroeder / Baukontor Linden, Hannover; Photos: Frank Aussieker

Sometimes unusual places inspire the imagination. And unusually for the architectural event was the venue of this year’s Passive House Conference: The plenary sessions of the Conference took place in the Hannover Congress Centrum HCC, an old Wilhelmine building from 1914. With its Art Deco interior, it really is eons away from the focus on energy and resources efficiency world that has been talked about at the Conference. However, the venue had as though a symbolical character: There is hardly a building and refurbishment tasks still to be that Passive House architects and designers would not dare approach. (more…)