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25 years later – Passivhaus still performs

The International Passivhaus Conference has been held annually by the Passivhaus Institute (PHI) in different cities since 1996. Earlier this month, the event took place in Darmstadt, which could be considered the birth place of Passivhaus as it is home to the first Passivhaus prototype, and where the first International Passivhaus Conference premiered 20 years ago. This year PHI celebrated its 25th anniversary, and examined the performance of the first built Passivhaus.

First experimental Passivhaus in the Kranichstein district of Darmstadt First experimental Passivhaus in the Kranichstein district of Darmstadt

QWhat started as an experiment 25 years ago in our city has now become an integral part of international construction activity. We are therefore very pleased that in the year of its anniversary the Passive House Conference returned to the place where this success story originated.

Jochen Partsch, Mayor of Darmstadt

The two-day conference programme showcased over a hundred speakers from across the globe, presenting the latest Passivhaus projects and approaches for solutions which will make the building sector fit for the future. Along with looking back into the past, the event looked forward into the future, coinciding with 165 countries signing the Paris agreement in New York during day 1 of the Conference.

There was a strong British contingent represented as delegates & speakers. Passivhaus Trust Founder, Chris Herring’s reflections on the International Conference triggered thoughts on the importance & cost benefits of retrofitting the UK to EnerPHit, along with the need to get political and shout about why building to Passivhaus should become national policy. “We now need to get out there and make the case, any way we can! There is no time to lose”. Read the full blog here.

20th International Passivhaus Conference


quoteThe Passive House Standard is not just about building cheaper and in an environmentally friendly way. The idea is to design a building smartly and sustainably right from the outset

Dr. Heinrich Bottermann, General Secretary of the German environmental foundation DBU

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Thanks to all the tweeps who contribute to the hashtag #iPHc16, and provided the next best thing to being there. You can catch up on the feeds below courtesy of @ElrondBurrell.

Day 1 tweets

Day 2 tweets

Day 3 tweets

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When asked what was your main highlight from the conference many say it is the people. Tomas O’Leary representing the Passive House Academy says “meeting up with highly committed and enthusiastic friends from home, US, UK, Canada, China and Australia is always a blast. The buzz, camaraderie, knowledge sharing and comfort in knowing that you’ve boarded the right energy train is grin-inducing.”

The Passivhaus standard has 25 years worth of evidence to prove that it can help meet those newly formed international climate commitments with real solutions.

quoteThese (Passivhaus) principles were consistently applied in the prototype building in Darmstadt – and still today, everything functions exactly as it did the first day.

Dr Wolfgang Feist, Passivhaus Institute