Presentation of the certificate in the Danish port city of Esbjerg


© Passivhaus Institut: Passive House certified new headquarters in the Danish port city of Esbjerg

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 Esbjerg/Darmstadt. The Danish regional energy company Syd Energi (SE) has inaugurated its new headquarters in the Danish port city of Esbjerg. One of the world’s largest Passive House buildings and an architectural highlight, this four-storey rotunda with a sea view not only meets the requirements of the Passive House Standard, but will also produce more energy than is required for the building’s mechanical systems. This 9000 square metre building will provide some 420 people with carbon neutral workplace. After a construction period of almost 18 months, the official inauguration of the building with presentation of the Passive House Certificate took place on Friday. The Danish Finance Minister, Bjarne Corydon, and the Mayor of Esbjerg, Johnny Sotrup, were also present and commended the exemplary character of this project. (more…)

Source: International Passive House Association

PHI Press Release, 19 April 2013

International conference for sustainable buildings in Frankfurt, Germany.


Photo: Hellenic Passive House Institute. 17th International Passive House Conference 2013

The energy revolution is well on its way, and Passive House offers a viable and cost effective solution for the building sector. The latest developments and innovative projects will be presented at the 17th International Passive House Conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 19 and 20 April 2013. Renowned speakers from all over the world will give lectures on a variety of topics, ranging from thermal insulation to photovoltaic systems for roofs. A trade exhibition held in parallel to the conference will provide an overview of the latest components and systems for building owners and property developers. (more…)

By Tafline Laylin

If the world comes to an end, model Naomi Campbell and her nearest and dearest will have no trouble surviving in this 25 roomed eco-home. Designed by one of our favorite new architects Luis de Garrido, the glass domed house is completely energy and water self-sufficient and features an amazing indoor landscaped terrace. Everything about Naomi’s new house is a dream: its comfortable microclimate, its constant flow of air, light and heat when necessary, its superior landscaping, and of course the fact that it was built on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey (notice the Egyptian theme.) (more…)

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By Susan Kraemer

Two huge wind farm approvals totaling 1,400 MW (1.4 GW) bring New Zealand closer to its target of 90% renewable electricity by 2025. The small nation of four million gets more than three quarters of its electricity from clean energy already: 79%.

Geothermal and hydropower have long supplied the majority of New Zealand’s power, but hydro is at a natural limit. Wind is well positioned to fill the gap, according to Wind Energy Association CEO Eric Pyle. ”Wind power could generate 20% of New Zealand’s electricity by 2025, up from 4% today.”

That means growing wind from its current 615 MW to around 3,000MW.  These two approvals are a significant step forward, supplying nearly half of that at a total of 1,400 MW. The two large utility-scale wind farms are rated at 860 MW and 540 MW. (Another huge farm in the coal-rich South Island was denied, Meridian Energy is fighting to overturn a decision against its 630 MW Project Hayes in Otago.) (more…)

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by Timon Singh

pakistan solar energy, pakistan solar power, solar power, on-grid solar electrical system, pakistan engineering council, pakistan solar plant, solar energy, bangladesh solar power, bangladesh solar panels, bangladesh idcol, idcol solar power

Although roof-mounted photovoltaic panels may not be a common sight yet in the West, the technology is really heating up in Asia – specifically in Bangladesh. According to local officials, the number of solar-powered households in the Asian nation now amounts to over one million. Under-investment in the country’s infrastructure means that the country’s power plants only generate around 4,700 megawatts of electricity a day against a demand of 6,000 megawatts, so some 60 percent of Bangladesh’s 150 million people have no access to mains electricity. As a result, the power-hungry, fair-weathered country has exhibited the fastest expansion of solar technology in the world. (more…)

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Press release: New Paper Lays Out Smart Policies for Renewable Energy Growth

Offers six principles of smart energy policy for developing countries

Renewable Energy

A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that 77 percent of the world’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2050, as long as governments adopt the right policies. A new working paper, Grounding Green Power, outlines the key components of smart renewable energy policy in developing countries, focusing on the electrical power sector. The paper, from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, suggests priorities for international donors looking to make the most efficient investments in clean energy. (more…)

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Press releases

The Passive House: Cost efficient and proven 32,000 times
More than 50 countries at the 15th International Passive House Conference





Picture sources: NHT and LANG consulting
Pictures: Passive Houses of every size are included in the framework of the excursions at the 15th Int. Passive House Conference in Innsbruck
Picture 1: O3 Olympic Village with 444 apartments by the Neuen Heimat Tirol, Reitter – Eck & Reiter Architects ZT GmbH and din a4
Picture 2: Lodenareal housing complex with 354 apartments by the Neuen Heimat Tirol, Architectsn teamk2
Picture 3: Energiepark Innsbruck with a selection of Passive House properties for every taste. Picture sources: NHT and LANG consulting

Darmstadt/Innsbruck/Vienna, 12.05.2011 – The Passive House saves 80-95% energy as well as CO2 emissions, and its construction is hardly more expensive than that of conventional buildings. It is therefore not surprising that there are already 32,000 buildings in Europe that have been built to the Passive House Standard, which has already established itself as a trend-setter for energy-efficient construction and also forms the basis for the “Nearly Zero Energy Building”. The world’s largest convention for energy-efficient construction will be held in Innsbruck from 27th-28th May 2011 where more than 1,200 participants will discuss solutions for sustainable construction.
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Energy efficiency – a real alternative!


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