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10 May 2017

"You just have to use your head"


Photo: Passivhaus Austria Changing habits requires us to think, and it isn't easy. That's what the participants of the 21st International Passive House Conference in Vienna were challenged with during the opening plenary. Breaking old habits and sharing resources fairly is necessary in order to reduce climate change to a tolerable level, as renowned climate researcher Helga Kromp-Kolb explained. "We have to manage with just this planet", pointed out Professor Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Director of the Passive House Institute. Over 1000 participants from more than 50 countries travelled to Vienna in order to exchange information relating to energy efficient construction and learn more about international Passive House projects. Press Release

 


20 April 2017

Polar bear lends hand to climate protection


Photo: Passivhaus Austria At present people passing by the Messe Wien Congress Center in Vienna can see for themselves how important energy efficient buildings are for climate protection. The Passive House Institute, together with the Passivhaus Austria network, GLOBAL 2000 as well as the campaign MOTHER EARTH, has built two different mini houses for the ice block competition, a mini Passive House and a conventional mini house. A 250 kilo block of ice has been placed in each mini house. The question is, how much ice exactly will still remain in both houses after six weeks. Estimates can be submitted online. Press Release

 


05 April 2017

"Of course we open the windows!"


Photo: Mathieu Frelet Wolfgang Erichson has been living in the Bahnstadt district of Heidelberg for three years and is very happy with his new place of residence. "It was pleasantly warm even on cold winter days," says Erichson. As a Bahnstadt resident and also mayor of the city, he participated in the information event that was held on the fire station premises where the city administration presented its energy monitoring results together with the Passive House Institute. The two most important outcomes: the consumption of heating energy in the Bahnstadt district was extremely low. Simultaneously, the total energy consumption was only a third of that of conventional housing complexes. Press Release

 


15 March 2017

Aiming high


Photo: Lester Ali When it was inaugurated four years ago, the Raiffeisen Tower in Vienna was the first high-rise building in the world built to the Passive House Standard. Four years later, great progress has been made. This summer, in New York, around 350 students will move into a 26-storey dormitory, being built to the Passive House Standard. The structure of the 88 metre tall Passive House building "Bolueta" in Bilbao, Spain, will be completed within a few weeks. The architects of both these buildings will attend the 21st International Passive House Conference in April in Vienna to report on their exciting projects. Press Release

 


25 January 2017

Vienna presents energy efficient construction


Photo: Passivhaus Austria Ê»Passive House for allʼ is the theme for the 21st International Passive House Conference in Vienna. It’s all about energy efficient construction now and in the future. Vienna has committed itself to the Passive House Standard for many years, whether for kindergartens, student dorms, apartment buildings or offices. The comprehensive conference programme will be rounded off with numerous workshops, a builder’s forum and excursions via bus and underground. The Passive House Conference with the accompanying exhibition takes place on 28 and 29 April 2017 at the Messe Wien Congress Center. Press Release


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