Passivehouse regions

Public authorities should set a good example and demonstrate to citizens that investing in climate protection and energy efficiency makes sense. In Europe, as many as 39 passive house beacon regions with a total of roughly 42 million inhabitants are in place. By declaration, these regions have fully committed themselves to the passive house – by taking responsibility for a socially oriented society, climate protection and careful use of their own budgets.

As the building sector accounts for 40 percent of energy consumption, the passive house standard is the best and most cost-efficient solution. With its energy efficiency plan and the EPBD 2010 including the "nearly zero energy building" from 2021, the EU has set the course for Europe-wide implementation of the highest energy efficiency standard. "After all it is in the strategic interest of Europe to get rid of its dependence on energy imports", states Mr. Haury from the EU Commission (Directorate General for Energy). The public sector has to fulfil these requirements even 2 years earlier, from 2019.

"More and more regions do not to want to wait that long", says Günter Lang, press spokesman of the 15th International Passive House Conference, "these regions have committed themselves to meet, already today, the state-of-the-art standard in the building sector– the passive house standard – for their own new buildings and, where possible, for refurbishment projects".

For the full press release on behalf of Passivhaus Institut / Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist of June 2011 go to:
PM Passivhaus-Leuchtturmregionen in Europa.pdf

Additional information about passive house regions you find in this PassREg flipbook: Defining the Nearly Zero Energy Building


LANG consulting specialises in passive house beacon regions

Based on the positive experience gained in the first projects to refurbish existing buildings to meet the passive house standard of 80 - 95% energy efficiency increases, LANG consulting soon started to specialise in successfully and rapidly implementing those pioneering projects on a large scale over entire city quarters, cities, regions or even countries offering the required overall prerequisites.

Apart from intensive passive house networking and building several national and international passive house interest groups, LANG consulting has specialised in consulting and supervision services in the field of the passive house for entire residential estates and initiating beacon regions to implement energy self-sufficient regions. The focus here is both on the high economic efficiency of single projects implemented in the beacon regions, with regard to the municipal and private budgets, and on increased living comfort.

With the first beacon regions, such as "Eurogate" as a passive house city quarter, the city of Wels as the first city with a passive house declaration in Austria, and the region of Lower Austria as the first Austrian province to make a public obligation to construct public buildings in line with the passive house standard, LANG consulting has made a significant contribution to implement milestones of what originally were pilot projects all over the country.


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According to the Draft Resolution of 16 July 2008, the city of Aschaffenburg committed itself to the implementation of sustainable energy-saving measures in municipal buildings as per its “Aschaffenburger Energiespar-Offensive”. Points 1 to 3 of this 16 point plan stipulate that all new builds are to be built to the Passive House Standard:

  1. All new municipal builds ought to be constructed to meet Passive House Standard requirements. Deviations from this norm must be well-founded and carried out to an energy performance at least 25 percent better than that of the Germany national code (EnEV). Adherence to principles of economic and ecological sustainability is paramount.
  2. Passive House training courses and excursions are to be attended by public servants and relevant departments of the City Council in order to illustrate the implementation, tendering, viability and quality assurance of the Passive House Standard.
  3. The mandatory requirements for general refurbishments are target values of 25 percent below EnEV (the current energy-saving directive) as well as increased target values for thermal standards and component retrofits.

Read more in German




The initiative, signed on 25 August 2009, came into force on 1 January 2010. It stipulates that all new public buildings owned by the city of Bremen must be built according to the Passive House Standard. The Senate emphasized that this measure facilitates the achievement of the city of Bremen's target of reducing the CO2 emissions coming from public buildings by 50%.

Bremen_Senatsvorlage_Energiestandards_Richtlinie_28_08_2009.pdf  42.41 KB


Bv 2009-08-25

iK 2010-01-01

Darmstdt-Dieburg  Landkreis

The Da Di-Werk is in charge of construction, operation and maintenance of the 81 schools in the Darmstadt Dieburg district. Maintenance activities include all real estate properties, energy management as well as janitorial and cleaning services. According to the district's guidelines for economy in building (Wirtschaftliches Bauen), published by the building management section of Da-Di Werk, all new buildings must be designed and implemented according to the Passive House Standard, achieving a maximal annual heating demand of 15 kWh/m².

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iK 2010-01-01


As per the Resolution of 6 September 2007, the Magistrate will ensure that all new buildings belonging to the city administration including municipal facilities and enterprises together with all the buildings that will be constructed in as part of the "PPP-Modelle" programme in the city of Frankfurt, will be conceptualised to meet the Passive House Standard requirements. In the cases where the Passive House standard cannot be achieved, this should be justified. In all instances, the minimum energetic efficiency that will be aimed at is a third of the national EnEV norms demand.

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The city of Freiburg, with the resolution from 22 July 2008, determines that from 2009 onwards all new residential buildings will have to follow the KfW 40 standard. Furthermore, from 2011 onwards the Passive House standard will be mandatory.

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Bv 2008-07-22

iK 2011-01-01


The Senate of Hamburg resolves: from 2012 onwards, municipal funding for new housing projects will be granted exclusively to Passive Houses. The municipal housing subsidies will thus gradually focus in the promotion of the construction of Passive Houses which do not use conventional heating.



Bv 2007


One of Europe's biggest and most innovative climate protection estates, consisting of about 300 terraced houses, semi-detached houses and detached single-family houses built to the Passive House Standard, is currently being constructed as a zero-emission estate in Wettbergen, to the south-west of Hanover. The remaining CO2 emissions for both the residual heating demand and the domestic electricity will be accounted for in a climate neutral fashion by the re-activation of an abandoned hydroelectric power plant.

Read more at zero:e park...


Heidelberg - Passivhaus- und Null-Emissions-Stadtteil Bahnstadt

New municipal builds are to meet Passive House criteria, as verified by the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Passive House airtightness values (N50 values of less than 0.6 air changes per hour) are to be ensured through a pressure test. When selling building plots owned by the city of Heidelberg, property buyers will be obliged to construct residential and commercial buildings to the Passive House Standard through a corresponding provision in their purchasing agreements. This provision will apply to properties sold after the "Energy Concept 2010" (Energiekonzeption 2010) comes into force. Exceptions to the Passive House Standard are permitted in case of technical or economic unfeasibility. The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), which is to be submitted to the Municipal Agency for Environmental Protection, Trade Supervision and Energy (Amt für Umweltschutz, Gewerbeaufsicht und Energie) during the building permit application period, shall be the basis of the calculations.

Heidelberg-Bahnstadt Veröffentlichungstext PHT-Innsbruck.pdf            1.01 MB

Video: Mayors Voices by C40 Cities Conference: Lord Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner

Bv 2010-05


New municipal buildings must fulfill Passive House Standard requirements and are to be conceptualized accordingly (e. g., an annual heating demand of 75 percent). The Passive House Standard shall be met, whenever possible. In case this standard cannot be met for technical or economic reasons, a justification must be given.

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Koblenz - Asterstein

As part of its climate protection efforts, the city of Koblenz is committed to promote the implementation of the Passive House Standard. In the development area of Asterstein, at least 120 Passive House buildings are to be built. A majority of these properties is aligned to the south and allows for a great variety of innovative architecture.

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On 26 April 2010 the operating committee of the municipal building industry, together with the votes of the SPD, Green and FDP parties, resolved that as of that date, all new buildings in the city of Cologne must be designed under the Passive House concept.



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iK 2010-05-01


According to Resolution No. RBIV-1138/08 of 19 March 2008, the Mayor or the city of Leipzig is asked to ensure that all new buildings belonging to the city administration, municipal facilities and municipal enterprises, as well as all the new buildings of the "PPP-Modelle" programme in Leipzig, are built under the Passive House standard and are conceptualised accordingly.

Leipzig_PH-Beschluss-IV-rb-1138-ausfertigung.pdf                            27.98 KB

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On 16 February 2009 the City Council of Leverkusen resolved that all new buildings to be constructed must reach the Passive House standard. Accordingly, the target output for old buildings will be to reach this standard to the 50%.

Energiebericht (19 MB)...


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District of Lippe

The administration is commissioned to plan and construct all new buildings to the Passive House Standard with a heating requirement of 15 kWh/m2. Passive House Components are to be applied when retrofitting existing buildings in order to achieve the Passive House Standard.

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Lohfelden - Lindenberg

The municipality of Lohfelden is currently in the final planning stage of the Passive House district Lindenberg. These energy-conserving and environmentally friendly Passive House buildings will take into account the locally stipulated climate protection targets.

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Construction of the student dorm “Boeselagerstraße“, one of Europe’s largest Passive House districts, was completed in May 2014. It provides housing for 535 students in total.

Read more (in German)



According with the building guidelines of the city of Nuremberg, all new building projects will implement the Passive House Standard. In order to provide proof of this, the presentation of the current PHPP calculations is required.

Nürnberg -_Leitlinien_energieeffizientes_Bauen_und_Sanieren.pdf       62.72 KB

iK 2009-11

Offenbach Harbor - Mainviertel

For its new city quarter known as the “Mainviertel”, the City Assembly of Offenbach passed a resolution dictating that property buyers and developers sign an urban development contract with the city of Offenbach in which all parties commit to reducing the energy demand of the buildings through higher thermal standards. Passive House criteria are to be met for 50 percent of the gross floor area. Read More (in German)




In 1993, the city of Ulm resolved to implement increased thermal standards for new builds within the municipal area. The new Passive House district "Im Sonnenfeld" is taking this trend to the next level: The city of Ulm, in co-operation with regional and supra-regional investors, architects, energy consultants as well as the building trade, built this development of up to 104 row and semi-detached houses completely to the Passive House Standard.

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The community council of Walldorf passed an energy programme on 20 July 2010 that requires all municipal new builds to be built to the Passive House Standard and to make use of renewable energy, where possible. All new buildings constructed on any property for sale by the city must achieve Passicve House Standard.



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On 19 July 2011, the council of ministers of the State of Bavaria passed legislation regarding energy standards for public buildings stipulating that all new build administrative buildings be constructed to the Passive House Standard. In special cases, such buildings will be chosen as pilot Passive House projects.

Damit gelten künftig für staatliche Gebäude wie beispielsweise Bauämter, Finanzämter, Vermessungsämter und Polizeiinspektionen auch hinsichtlich der Energieeffizienz höchste Anforderungen. In einer Pilotphase sollen auch einzelne ausgewählte Sonderbauten – wie etwa Institutsgebäude – in dem anspruchsvollen Passivhausstandard errichtet werden. Bei diesen komplexen Neubauten wird eine wissenschaftliche Begleitung zur Auswertung und Evaluierung hinzugezogen.

energiebericht_6 Bayern 2011.pdf                 4.92 MB


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As of September 2010, all public building projects must show energy performance that is, on average, 50% better than that stipulated by the national energy norms of 2009 (EnEV 2009), equal to Passive House levels of energy efficiency.

Zur Pressemitteilung des HMDF Hessen....


Bv 2010-08-09


As of 2010 and as part of the goal to have a CO2 neutral State administration, all plans municipal new builds and renovations must be analysed to see whether these buildings can be feasibly constructed as Passive House buildings.



Bv 2010-08-20


According to the coalition contract of the government of Saarland, all public new builds must be built to the Passive House Standard whereas the Standard will serve as a guideline for all renovations of public buildings owned by the State. Any deviation from this norm must be well founded.

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Bv 2011-03

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A - Z      e5-Gemeinden von Altach bis Zwischenwasser
Passivhaus Deklaration für e5-Gemeinden in Vorarlberg

Von "A" wie Altach bis "Z" wie Zwischenwasser haben eine Vielzahl von Vorarlberger Gemeinden im Rahmen vom e5-Programm für ihren Gemeindewirkungsbereich den Passivhaus-Standard zum Mindeststandard für ihre kommunalen Bauten erklärt. In 5 Vorarlberger Regionen haben die Gemeinden Altach, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Frastanz, Götzis, Hörbranz, Krumbach, Langenegg, Mäder, Rankweil, Thüringen, Wolfurt und Zwischenwasser einen derartigen Beschluss gefasst. Exemplarisch sind diese nachstehend für die Gemeinden Altach und Zwischenwasser angeführt:

Am 23.10.2007 wurde mit dem Beschluss „Nachhaltiges Bauen in Altach“ vereinbart, dass für Neubauten Passivhausniveau anzustreben ist. Die Passivhaus-Grenzwerte sind mittels Passivhaus-Projektierungspaket (PHPP) nachzuweisen; auf ein aktives Kühlsystem ist grundsätzlich zu verzichten. Für Sanierungen sind mindestens drei verschiedene Energieniveaus (Mindestanforderung BTVO Vlbg., 50% besserer Standard, Passivhausstandard) miteinander zu vergleichen. Für die drei Standards sind Wirtschaftlichkeitsabschätzungen mit einem Betrachtungszeitraum von mind. 30 Jahre durchzuführen. Auszuführen ist die Variante, für die die beste Wirtschaftlichkeit ermittelt wird.

Altach_Passivhaus Beschluss für kommale Gebäude.pdf                        9.48 KB

Grundsatzbeschluss „Nachhaltiges Bauen für Gemeindebauten in Zwischenwasser“

Aus Gründen des Klima-, Umwelt- und Ressourcenschutzes, des gesunden Wohnens und Arbeitens aber auch als Vorsorgemaßnahme gegenüber steigenden Energiepreisen wird für den Neubau und die Sanierung von Gebäuden der e5-Gemeinde Zwischenwasser folgender Grundsatzbeschluss gefällt:

  • Für Neubauten ist grundsätzlich Passivhausniveau anzustreben. Sollte im Einzelfall dieses Niveau überschritten werden, so ist durch dynamische Wirtschaftlichkeitsberechnungen nach der Annuitätenmethode nachzuweisen, dass ein Gebäude nach den Mindestanforderungen der Bautechnikverordnung (BTVO) Vorarlbergs (Fassung 2008) deutlich wirtschaftlicher zu betreiben ist, als der identische Gebäudeentwurf im Passivhaus-Niveau.
  • Nachzuweisen sind die Passivhaus-Grenzwerte eines spezifischen Heizwärmebedarfs von max. 15 kWh/m² Nettofläche pro Jahr, berechnet mit dem Passivhaus-Projektpaket (PHPP); auf aktive Kühlsysteme ist grundsätzlich zu verzichten.
  • Standard bei Sanierungen mindestens ÖKO 2 (Bezug Wohnbau). Bei Sanierungen ist mindestens ein ÖKO 2 gleicher Stand zu erreichen, besser Passivhaus-Standard. Ausnahmen sind zu begründen.
  • Grenzwerte für den Energieeinsatz für Beleuchtung werden in einem Pflichtenheft projektspezifisch vorgegeben. Dabei sind deutliche Einsparungen gegenüber der Standardausstattung anzustreben.
  • Energieeffiziente Beleuchtung und Geräte: Neubauten und Sanierungen werden mit Leuchtmitteln dem Standard „Energiesparlampe“ entsprechend ausgestattet, ab 2010 nach den diesbezüglichen EU-Richtlinien. Haushalts- und Bürogeräte entsprechen den Energieeffizienzklassen A oder AA+. Der Stand-by-Verbrauch ist durch richtige Gerätewahl zu vermeiden bzw. so niedrig wie möglich zu halten.
  • Nutzung nachhaltig erneuerbarer Energien. Alle Gemeindegebäude werden mit nachhaltig erneuerbarer Energie beheizt. Übergangsfristen sind im Zielkatalog fixiert. Ausnahmen sind zu begründen.
  • Beachtung der Bauökologie und des Innenraumklimas. Es sind ökologisch und gesundheitlich unbedenkliche Baumaterialien zu wählen, welche den Vorgaben des ÖBS entsprechen und ein gesundes Innenraumklima bieten. Es sind die jeweils aktuellen Ausschreibungstexte nach dem Ökoleitfaden BAU des Gemeindeverbandes für Abfallwirtschaft und Umweltschutz zu verwenden.
  • Nachhaltigkeit bei Architekturwettbewerben. Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit ist ein Entscheidungskriterium in Architekturwettbewerben.
  • Ökologische Gebäudebewirtschaftung
    • Energiebuchhaltung und Betriebsoptimierung sind laufend durchzuführen.
    • Ökologische Beschaffung von Energie und Verbrauchsgütern
    • Ökologische Gebäudereinigung und Entsorgung
    • Schaffung günstiger Voraussetzungen für die Bewirtschaftung durch Wahl nachhaltiger Baumaterialien

Bv 2007-10-23 


Erstes Bundesland mit Passivhaus-Deklaration für öffentliche Bauten in Österreich
In Niederösterreich beschloss der Landtag am 23.01.2008 bei allen öffentlichen Bauten den Passivhaus-Standard umzusetzen. Dazu wurde das „Pflichtenheft Energieeffizienz für Landesgebäude 2007“ als Grundlage der Umsetzung ausgearbeitet. Das Pflichtenheft „Energieeffizienz für NÖ Landesgebäude" beinhaltet verpflichtende Ziele und Vorgaben welche den Standard von landeseigenen Gebäuden in Richtung Energieeffizienz und Bauökologie weiter verbessern sollen. Von den Vorgaben sind Neubau- und Sanierungsprojekte betroffen, mit konkreten Maßnahmen für Planung und Errichtung. Zur Umsetzung dieser Maßnahmen hat der NÖ Landtag den Betrag von Euro 130 Mio. bereitgestellt.

Pflichtenheft-Energieeffizienz_April_2011.pdf                                      1.09 MB


Bv 2008-01-23 

Vorarlberg - Gemeinnütziger Wohnbau

In einer beispiellosen Vereinbarung zwischen dem Land Vorarlberg und den gemeinnützigen Bauträgern Vorarlbergs wurde unter dem damaligen Wohnbau-Landesrat Rein übereingekommen, dass aus sozialer Verantwortung im geförderten Wohnbau der Passivhaus-Standard Mindeststandard sein muss. Was zunächst auf heftigste Kritik und Diskussion gestoßen ist, hat sich nach fünf Jahren bestens eingespielt. Seit dieser Vereinbarung sind in Vorarlberg über 100 geförderte Mehrfamilienhäuser mit einer Bruttogeschossfläche von 150.000 Quadratmeter errichtet worden.


iK 2007-01-01

Vorarlberg - Kommunalgebäude

Kommunalgebäudeausweis – ein Meilenstein in Richtung ökologisches Bauen öffentlicher Gebäude. Die Vorarlberger Landesregierung hat am 14. Dezember 2010 die neuen Richtlinien für die Gewährung von Bedarfszuweisungen beschlossen. Diese traten am 01. Jänner 2011 in Kraft.  Im Rahmen des EU-Projektes ENERBUILD ist es gelungen, einen entscheidenden Durchbruch zur Selbststeuerung für ein ökologisches Bauen in Kommunen und Städten zu erreichen. In Kooperation von Umweltverband VorarlbergEnergieinstitut Vorarlberg, Vbg. Gemeindeverband und mit Unterstützung des Landes Vorarlberg konnte durch die Ergänzung des ökologischen Faktors in der Bedarfszuweisung (Förderung) öffentlicher Bauten, ein Anreizkonzept verwirklicht werden, das es hinkünftig ermöglicht, hoch qualitative und ökologische Lösungen im politischen Umfeld umzusetzen. Mögliche Mehrkosten werden durch höhere Förderungen abgedeckt, die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Objektes wird als grundlegendes Entscheidungskriterium verwendet und die ökologische Leistung findet in der ökologischen Ausschreibung mit Berücksichtigung. Der Prozess des begleitenden Beratungsangebotes umfasst das Servicepaket für das „Nachhaltige Bauen in den Gemeinden", ein Modul für die Wirtschaftlichkeits- und Langzeitbetrachtung, sowie ein Modul für öffentliche Ausschreibungen mit Berücksichtigung von ökologischen Angeboten. Dieses Gesamtpaket hat seit deren Einführung zu einem rapiden Anstieg von kommunalen Bauten in Passivhaus-Standard in Vorarlberg geführt.


Bv 2010-12-14

iK 2011-01-01


Erste Stadt mit Passivhaus-Deklaration in Österreich
Mit Bgm. Dr. Peter Koits, Vizebgm. Hermann Wimmer und Baudir. Pany hat LANG consulting die Richtlinien für eine Passivhaus-Deklaration initiiert und ausgearbeitet.  Im April 2008 unterzeichnete der Gemeinderat die Passivhaus-Deklaration für Wels. Darin wird der Magistrat beauftragt, bei allen neu zu errichtenden Gebäuden bzw. bei anstehenden Sanierungen generell die Erreichung des Passivhaus-Standards anzustreben und die Nutzung erneuerbarer Energie einzuplanen und besonders auf die Energieeffizienz zu achten.

Passivhaus Deklaration für Wels

Bv 2008-04

Wien - Stadtentwicklungsgebiet Eurogate - Aspanggründe

Weltweit erstmals wurde im Jahr 2006 von LANG consulting die Idee eingebracht, einen ganzen Stadtteil konsequent in Passivhaus-Standard zu initiieren. Beim geplanten Bauträger- wettbewerb "Eurogate" konnte mit den Beratungen zu Anträgen im Bezirks- und Gemeinderat die Stadtverwaltung überzeugt werden erstmals solch ein Konzept in Angriff zu nehmen. So kam es 2006 zum Beschluss für das weltweit erste Stadtviertel in Passivhaus Standard in 1030 Wien, indem für alle Bauvorhaben am Areal Aspanggründe der Passivhaus Standard verpflichtend war.

Eurogate Antrag_Bezirksvertretung_Landstrasse_Passivhaus.pdf        18.37 KB
Eurogate_1710 Broschüre Bauträgerwettbewerb.pdf                          958.5 KB


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Brüssel - Region Brussels-Capital

Besonderes Augenmerk unter den Passivhaus-Leuchtturmregionen verdient die Region Brussels-Capital, welche seit 2010 alle öffentlichen Bauten und ab 2015 sämtliche Neubauten in der Region Brüssel nur noch in Passivhaus-Standard errichten lässt. Damit setzt die Region Brussels-Capital bereits um 6 Jahre früher konsequent den Standard um, den die EU-Gebäuderichtlinie erst ab 2021 als Mindeststandard vorschreibt. Um die Entwicklung in Schwung zu bringen konnte man mit dem „Call for Proposals for Exemplary Buildings“ binnen 3 Jahren 117 Objekte mit 265.000 m² in Passivhaus-Standard initiieren, vom Mehrfamilienhaus, über Schulen und Kindergärten bis hin zu Bürobauten.

Minister of Environment & Energy - Interview of Mrs E. Huytebroeck

"On 3 March 2011,  the Brussels-Capital Region passed an order amending the decree of 21 December 2007 establishing the  requirements and methodology  for energy performance  in buildings. The  content of  this draft order aims at immediately setting the passive requirements for 2015 and modifying some of  the shortcomings  related  to  the method  of  calculating  the PEB.

Regarding  passive,  Article  5a  provides  that  from  1  January 2015, individual PEB dwelling units will present:

• a net heating requirement of less than 15 kWh/m² per year;

• a  primary  energy  consumption  for  heating,  hot water  and electrical accessories of less than 45 kWh/m² year;

• an air-tightness under 50 Pa less than 0.6 renewal per hour;

• an overheating percentage beyond 25°C less than or equal to 5% for the time of year.

Furthermore,  Article  6a  provides  that  from  1  January  2015, PEB Offices and Services units and PEB Education units will present:

• a net heating requirement of less than 15 kWh/m² per year;

• a net cooling requirement of less than 15 kWh/m² per year;

• a  total  primary  energy  consumption  less  than  [90 - 2.5*C] kWh/m² per year. Defnitions have been made of the compactness,  i.e.  the  ratio between  the protected  volume and surface leakage [m³/m²];

• an air-tightness under 50 Pa less than 0.6 renewal per hour;

• an overheating percentage beyond 25°C less than or equal to 5% of the time of occupation.

The objective is already to give a clear signal to developers, architects and design firms  for buildings whose application  for planning permission will be submitted after 31 December 2014.

Brussels  Environment Division,  Sustainable City,  Energy  and Climate, Exemplary Buildings Department."


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iK 2015-01-01


Beacon project: Nieuw zuid

General description

Right next to the historic city centre of Antwerp, a brand new residential quarter – Nieuw Zuid or ‘New South’ – will be developed. There, the integration of living and working will become reality. Works for this ambitious and multifunctional project are scheduled to start in 2013. This former railway yard will be turned into a high-quality neighbourhood. The 70 ha large area, which today is vacant for the largest part, will comprise of housing, local shops, public facilities and offices. The finishing touch will consist of a park with a surface area of over 15 ha. Sustainability will be a key element in the development of Nieuw Zuid. The focus on water-, energy- and waste management displays the ambition to develop Nieuw Zuid as a best practice example of sustainable urbanism. The implementation of a district heating system on renewable energy sources, possibly in synergy with its environment, is currently being studied. - First large-scale development in Antwerp following passive house energy levels. - Possibly first implementation of district heating network in Antwerp, as first step in developing city-wide network in the long term - Looking, under the direction of city of Antwerp, for a model of cooperation with private developer (on building- and site level) and third parties (on site level for implementation of district heating) Project team: Private market development initiative in close collaboration with the city of Antwerp and AG Stadsplanning Antwerpen.


Project type                                               New build

Project scale                                              Urban neighbourhood

Ownership type                                          Privately owned

Building type and size                                Urban settlement | housing colony

Treated Floor Area according to PHPP      400.000 m²


Energy efficiency and use of renewables

° heat: maximum 15 kWh/netto m².year heat demand, and this from the start of the development

° cooling: only passive cooling in residential buildings, in offices cooling demand restricted to maximum 15 kWh/netto m².year

° renewable energy: roofs or other building parts are where possible equipped with photovoltaic panels or other technologies for the production of renewable energy

° each building and unit within is equipped with smart digital meters

° each building will be equipped by the district heat net company with a supply set with heat exchanger for connection to the district heat network. The private developer pays a connection fee to the net company worth the supply set with heat exchanger and the saved cost of natural gas net construction and connection.





Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County

The county council of the suburb of Dublin with 200,000 inhabitantes put the minimum standard of new buildings to passive house standard or equivalent:

"All new buildings will be required to meet the passive house standard or equivalent, where reasonably practicable.
Defining Equivalence: By “equivalent” we mean approaches supported by robust evidence (such as monitoring studies) to demonstrate their efficacy, with particular regard to indoor air quality, energy performance, comfort, and the prevention of surface/interstitial condensation."

Further information...



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Alta Valtellina

Die Region Alta Valtellina liegt in der Lombardai. Angeregt durch die lokale IG Passiv "DomusMIA" unter Leitung von Antonio Robustelli Della Cuna hat der Gemeinderat beschlossen, die Schule auf Passivhaus-Standard zu sanieren und als Beispielsprojekt für Workshops und Schulungen zu öffnen. Paralell dazu wurden sechs weitere Passivhausprojekte in der Region umgesetzt.

Alta Valtellina 2011-05-23.pdf                                                         1.45 MB

Bv 2011-05-23


Ab 2017 ist der Passivhausstandard (Klasse A) für neue Wohngebäude obligatorisch. Die Anforderungen an den Wärmeschutz verringern sich bei diesen Gebäuden auf durchschnittlich 25% (Klasse D auf A), bei gleichbleibenden Anforderungen an den Primärenergiebedarf.

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Die kommunale Verwaltung der Stadt Oslo ist auf deren Weg zur Umsetzung der politischen Vorgabe der Stadt, ab 2014 sämtliche öffentliche Bauten nur noch in Passivhaus-Standard neu zu errichten bzw. Altbausanierungen möglichst auf Passivhaus-Standard zu realisieren. Dazu werden die verschieden kommunalen Einrichtungen seit der Beschlussfassung im Jahr 2010 in Zusammenarbeit mit der Oslo University College auf die Kriterien des Passivhaus-Standards eingeschult.

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Der Bürgermeister Pawel Knafel und der Vice-Bürgermeister Michal Chwastek lassen alle öffentliche Gebäude nur mehr im Passivhaus Standard ausschreiben, planen und bauen. Folgende Objekte wurden bereits fertig gestellt:

  • dreiteilige Sporthalle im Passivhaus-Standard 2010 errichtet
  • Sportgymnastik Halle im Passivhaus-Standard
  • Kindergarten im Passivhaus-Standard

Weiters ist derzeit ein Gesundheitszentrum  in Passivhaus-Standard geplant, welches 2016 entstehen wird. Es laufen die Ausschreibungen.


Villamediana de Iregua
In June 2013, the municipality of Villamediana de Iregua passed a master plan, mandating that all public new builds must fulfil the Passive House Standard. In addition, 10% of all dwellings built within new urban development areas must be passive. This master plan makes Villamediana de Iregua the first Spanish municipality to adopt the Passive House Standard in its urban development policies. Read more (in Spanish)


United Kingdom

Norwich City Council have launched a 'Fabric First' housing construction framework to assist the development of a number of Passivhaus projects.

The framework, which will be open to all local authorities and housing associations and has a projected total value of £300million, is designed to facilitate developments through traditional and design & build (single and two stage) methodologies.

The announcement of the framework follows the completion of a number of Passivhaus projects in the Norfolk region, with a number of large scale Passivhaus developments in the pipeline in Norwich such as:

  • Three Score, 172 units (112 Passivhaus)
  • Goldsmith Street, 105 units (all Passivhaus)
  • Hansard Close, 10 homes (all Passivhaus)


Vancouver, British Columbia
The city of Vancouver is looking first and foremost at removing barriers to Passive House Construction. A March 2015 letter from Vancouver to CanPHI-West issues such a clarification, in one instance accepting Passive House Institute window certification in lieu of NFRC or CSA tests.
Read the memo here.

Housing Design and Technical Guidelines for the City of Vancouver
The  guidelines are for use when developers provide the City with Social Housing Units in return for density bonuses. The developer can build higher and get more market units if they provide 20% of the units as social housing.

Provide building forms and design that integrate the concepts and performance standards of the international Passive House standard, including optimized envelope design, optimised building massing and orientation, and the use of low demand equipment to reduce demand on fossil-fuel based energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mechanical and control systems should be designed to be as simple as possible to reduce maintenance costs and the need for specialized maintenance expertise. Designs should aim to achieve Passive House performance standards, including maximum heating demand of 15 kWh/m2-yr, heat load of 10 W/m2, cooling demand of 15kWh/m2-yr and primary energy demand of 120kWh/m2-yr.
Read on page 21 of the Housing Design and Technical Guidelines for the City of Vancouver.



United States of America


Marin County, CA

The Marin County Board of Supervisors amended their building code in 2013 that included for the first time, on page 26, the following definitions:

"Passive House" means a building that meets the Passive House standards as developed by the Passive House Institute, Germany, providing cost effective energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort through modeling using the PHPP energy-modeling program.

"PHPP means the "Passive House Planning Package", an energy-modeling program developed by the Passive House Institute, Germany, used in developing buildings to the Passive House Standard.

The new code encourages "green building" by authorizing the establishment of incentives for "green building compliance". It further notes "The applicable green building rating system shall be that which is most recently adopted by Build It Green or the U.S. Green Building Council or the Passive House Institute."

The Marin code can be found here.



New York City, NY

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a policy One City: Built to Last in September 2014, to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings city-wide by 2050. The policy states that New York City will look to "Passive House, carbon neutral, or 'zero net energy' strategies to inform the standards." In fact, Passive House is the only building energy efficiency standard noted in the plan – a tacit acknowledgment that other efficiency standards such as Energy Star and ASHRAE 90.1 fail to meet the imperative to reduce energy proportionate to mitigate climate change while producing resilient buildings that address the need for climate adaptation too.

Read the whole policy report here, and the NYPH press release here.


Lower Manhattan, NYC, NY

Community Board One in downtown Manhattan, an important civic leader, incorporating the World Trade Center, Wall Street, City Hall and Chinatown areas, in December 2014 overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of the International Passive House Standard. It reads in part: "...CB 1 supports the investigation of the implementation of the PH Standard for its potential application to new construction and renovation in our community. It also encourages the completion of a public project in Lower Manhattan to demonstrate a zero-net energy standard and cost saving potentials..."

Read the whole resolution here.




The Building Codes Division issued a Statewide Code Interpretation in 2011 to the question "Does the Passive House Standard meet the intent of the Reach Code?" with the answer; "Yes, A building constructed to the Passive House Standard meets the energy efficiency requirements of the Reach Code."

See the interpretation here.



The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), formed by the Pennsylvania legislature to provide affordable homeownership, now provides incentives for Passive House compliance of multi-family buildings. Under heading of "Energy Efficiency Goals", Passive House is the only standard listed, reading in part; "The development meets/will meet Passive House Certification (nationally or internationally) for energy efficiency." Also, "All third party consultants must be Passive House certified."

See the initiative webpage here, and partial document here.



San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Planning Department issued new guidelines in October, 2014, giving preferential treatment to "green building" including Passive House, naming "Certified Passive House Certification or EnerPHIT Certification by the International Passive House Institute...".

Read the whole document here.



*) Please inform us about any further passive house regions all over the world. Our list is meant to encourage political decision makers in other regions to follow the excellent examples of existing passive house beacon regions.