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…)

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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…)

The Passive House Days, 9-11 November 2012

 Source: International Passive House Association


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Darmstadt, October 2012 – Affordable, comfortable, environmentally friendly  – Passive House embodies the best in sustainable building. The Passive House Days, taking place internationally from 9-11 November, provides the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to see this first-hand. For this event, hundreds will open exemplary buildings constructed to this intelligent building standard to the general public. Those with experience in such buildings can pass their expertise on to interested visitors taking advantage of the event to actually experience Passive House first-hand.

Whether residential, office building, kindergarten or swimming pool, there are very few restrictions as to the type of building and building use possible with the Passive House Standard. During the second weekend in November, buildings of almost all types will be open for viewing. With more than 40000 Passive House units in existence globally, Passive House has come a long way since the completion of the prototype more than 20 years ago. This successful concept is becoming increasingly popular.

“Excellent indoor air quality, consistently pleasant temperatures and affordable energy costs guaranteed over the long term: these are the advantages to be gained by building owners and investors,” explains Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Director of the Passive House Institute and co-initiator of the Passive House Days. (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…)

Conference “Implementation of the Covenant of Mayors: The path to Ukraine’s energy security”

Association “Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine” and Cherkasy City Council organize the conference “Implementation of the Covenant of Mayors: The path to Ukraine’s energy security” on May 15-16, 2012 in Cherkasy

Issues to be discussed:
  • Climate change and energy security: global challenges and Ukrainian perspective
  • Covenant of Mayors: the path to Ukraine’s energy security
  • Energy efficient buildings as a countermeasure against increasing energy prices and global climate change
  • EU policy on energy performance of buildings  and its implementation in EU countries
  • Ukrainian policy on energy efficiency and renewable energy use
  • Green Energy as a priority national project
  • Ukraine’s experience of cooperation with international financial institutions (more…)
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