Passive House and other Energy Certification Standards


The following list provides an overview of partnerships between the Passive House Institute and other certifying bodies rooted in the sustainable building sector. In an attempt to simplify certification processes and maximise the Passive House Standard's potential, the Passive House Institute has partnered with institutions worldwide to create synergies between Passive House certifications and other green building standards. Passive House energy performance requirements are incorporated in other verification procedures to evaluate eligibility for the partnering sustainability seals.


We hope to keep expanding this list. Should you know of any green building certifications we should consider partnering with, or if you want to start a collaboration yourself, please let us know by writing to, keyword: Crosswalks.


The examples provided serve to illustrate the possibilities and encourage uptake of such cooperations. As such, iPHA cannot guarantee that it is either complete or up-to-date.



Green Star certification


The Green Star is a certification awarded by the Green Building Council Australia(GBCA) in collaboration with the Australian Passive House Association (APHA), and the Passive House Institute (PHI). Points are awarded in specific categories like emissions, comfort, air quality, innovation and peak electricity demand. By being a certified Passive House, a building automatically earns a set amount of points in all these categories.


For more info, please refer to the website of the Australian Passive House Association.



Homestar certification


The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) issues the Homestar rating that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. The council has accredited the Passive House Standard which earns a building the highest possible score in the categories thermal comfort, space heating and moisture management.
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LEED certification


Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEEDv.4 provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Passive Houses gain points in this rating system by displaying exemplary energy performance results.
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ILFI Zero Energy certification


This crosswalk between the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the PHI offers guidance for buildings seeking to benefit from both certification schemes by choosing the high energy efficiency of a Passive House complemented with renewables as a compliance pathway to reach Zero Energy.
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Klimaaktiv criteria catalogue


The new criteria catalogue in Austria now fundamentally excludes the use of fossil fuels in climate-active buildings and tightens the quality requirements for energy efficiency. For the energy use criteria, klimaaktiv prefers a PHPP calculation over the national energy certificate. A building can earn more points if a PHPP calculation is submitted.

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