Passive House at COP26


World leaders are gathering in Glasgow for COP26. Globally, buildings consume over a third of the energy produced and are responsible for 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions – the construction industry has a massive role in reducing this. Our buildings must go through a radical change to meet Net Zero targets and mitigate the worst of the Climate Crisis – but how? Improved efficiency is critical. It is far more cost-effective to save energy than to generate it. Passive House is a tried and tested solution to slashing energy demand AND ensuring healthy, comfortable indoor environments.


Events schedule (Click here to download the PDF version)


*The reference time zone for all the events below is GMT


October 31 - November 12, 2021


COP Runs

  Love architecture, running, and early starts? These tours are for you. Join Passivhaus Trust member John Gilbert Architects for breakfast running tours around Glasgow. Discover how the city is changing to meet the ambitions of the COP26 conference.
Time: 7:00
Location: Glasgow



Build Better Now - Virtual Pavillion Exhibition

  Inspiring global projects, built or planned, that offer solutions to the climate crisis exhibition. 3 of the 17 pioneering case studies having a positive impact on people’s lives are Passive Houses:

    UEA Enterprise Centre, Hereford UK: Constructed using natural local materials -UK university building utilising thatch and reed.

    Niddrie Road, Glasgow UK: Government-funded research into retrofitting Scotland’s iconic but hard-to-heat tenement homes

    Monash University, Melbourne Australia: The largest Certified Passivhaus building in the Southern hemisphere in Australia
Time: Virtual exhibition open all day
Location: UK Built Environment (virtual) Pavilion - Online


November 3, 2021


UNECE Centres of Excellence MoU signing event

Time: 12:25
Location: Construction Scottland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Hamilton, UK


November 4, 2021


Sustainable city regions: How can we enable zero carbon living at scale?

  As part of the Build Better Now Pavilion, this event is organised by Bioregional, Good Homes Alliance, & Passivhaus Trust. Using inspirational global case studies from leading city region, the interactive session will enable policy makers, community groups and development professionals to learn from other City leaders who have helped to create exemplar built-environment projects.
  featuring Mayor Würzner, Heidelberg, Germany
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Digital UK Pavilion - Online



Climate-neutral housing – Decarbonizing the housing stock in an inclusive and affordable way

  This hybrid event will delve into the sustainable solutions presented in the #Housing 2030 report, presenting ways in which to develop an inclusive and affordable transition to net-zero within the housing sector. With the support of the City Government of Glasgow, this event will be held by #Housing2030 partner organisations: Housing Europe, UNECE, UN-Habitat, alongside UNEP, OHCHR.
  featuring Passive House Institute: Jessica Grove-Smith
Time: 13:15
Location: Lomond Auditorium, Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, UK - Online



November 5, 2021


Be the Solution

  Multiple free-to-attend webinars and in-person events taking place throughout the duration of COP26. Do not miss Architype & John Gilbert Architects discuss Passive House on the 5th November.
Time: TBC
Location: Online



Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy

  Join this hour-long webinar highlighting the global achievements of the Efficiency First Campaign, as well as plans for the future.
  featuring iPHA: Giorgia Tzar; Passivhaus Austria: Laszlo Lepp; Passive House California: Jay Gentry; Passive House Network (US): Ken Levenson; Passzívház Magyarország (Hungary): Laszlo Szeker; Passivhaus Trust (UK): Yogini Patel; Passive House Association Ireland: Barry McCarron; Passive House Institute New Zealand: Michael Jack; Australian Passive House Association: Chris Nunn
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Digital EU Pavilion - Online



November 8, 2021


Sustainable Buildings of Glasgow Tour

  COP26 delegates are invited to visit Passive House projects at various stages of development across Glasgow city. Tours end with a visit to the CSIC Factory for Passive House presentations. Spaces are limited! Register by contacting with the subject line "Sustainable buildings of Glasgow tour"
Time: 9:00-13:30
Location: Departure from Cathedral Street at North Frederick Street, Glasgow, UK


 November 10, 2021


Construction21 Green Solutions Awards and cocktail reception

Time: 17:15 PM GMT
Location: City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, UK



November 11, 2021


Building & cities day at COP26

  A dedicated day as part of the COP26 Conference proceedings exploring innovative climate action solutions for our built environment. PHT will meet with Scotland’s Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training.
Time: 9:00
Location: TBC



How buildings will play a role in fighting climate change

  featuring Passive House Institute: Edward Lowes; South West College:Prof. Alan Strong, Dr. Jill Cush, Dr. Danielle Mc Kelvey and Dr. Barry Mc Carron; UNECE: Scott Foster; Passive House Academy: Tomas O' Leary
Time: 9:30-10:30
Location: Green zone, Science Show Theatre, COP26 site, Glasgow, UK




Ice Box Challenge Glasgow: The results of a public experiment

  Earlier this Summer we ran a design competition and simple experiment to visually demonstrate the benefits of adopting an energy efficient approach. Join Sarah Lewis and others highlight youth engagement with the Icebox Challenge Glasgow, what the results of the public installation mean for current building regulations and standards, as well as discussing Passive House as a pathway to improving our existing building stock and future new builds.
  featuring iPHA: Giorgia Tzar; Edinburgh Napier University: Dr Julio Bros-Williamson; CSIC: Lisa Deane; Glasgow City Council: Michelle Mundie; Passivhaus Trust: Sarah Lewis
Time: 14:30
Location: EU Pavilion, Scottish Event Campus, Blue Zone, COP26 site, Glasgow, UK




Passive House Ice Box Challenge - crossing borders

  The Latin American Passive House Association are running an Icebox Challenge as part of the Santiago - Glasgow route. They'll be closing the boxes on the 11th November and announcing the results at the GABC pavilion. Learn more about the comparisons between the various Icebox Challenge installations.
  featuring iPHA: Giorgia Tzar; Instituto Latinamericano Passivhaus: Juan Manuel Vazquez and Alejandro Moreno
Time: 17:00
Location: GlobalABC Buildings pavilion, Boardroom, Hall 4, Glasgow, UK



Other material


Refroidissement: des solutions concrètes pour relever l’ambition et l’action – le cas des villes

Ministère de la Transition écologique
Presentation in French - 00:00:55 until 01:26:28



COP26 Interview with APHA CEO, Paul Wall and IPHA Association Manager, Giorgia Tzar

Australian Passive House Association







Sustainable Buildings of Glasgow Tour


Explore the sustainable buildings of Glasgow and surrounds with the International Passive House Association (iPHA) on this free, half-day guided tour!


The event will take place on Monday, November 8 from 9:00 to 13:30 GMT in Glasgow, UK.

Participants will receive an in-depth guided tour from top architects involved in the project, giving them the opportunity to view the buildings inside and out and learn how Passive House are constructed from the envelope to the finishing touches. The tour will conclude at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Hamilton, where participants will have the opportunity to network and take part in an interactive Passive House workshop.


This tour is free and will include a bus for travel between sites. Be quick! There are only 30 spaces available. Register by contacting with the
subject line „Sustainable buildings of Glasgow tour


Click here to download the building tour schedule (PDF)



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