Passivhaus Affiliate

Passivhaus & Planning

In response to the Climate Emergency declarations, several Local Authorities in the UK are developing policies that set higher standards for new build housing, including some which promote Passivhaus as a compliance route.  The Trust have compiled some useful policy resources – from outlining existing sustainable strategies, to lobbying letters, and other relevant reports.


The Trust are aware of several Local Authorities who have either mandated Passivhaus into their local plans, included it as an alternative compliance standard, or applied Passivhaus methodologies. A list of UK authorities that the Trust are aware of that have adopted Passivhaus is here.

Internationally, iPHA maintain a list of cities and administrative districts that have incorporated Passivhaus into their policies or regulations here.


Lobbying & letters of support

A list of local authorities and housing providers who have completed a certified Passivhaus project can be found here. Please check our projects gallery & map to determine if there is a certified scheme in your area which may act as a valuable precedence.

Whilst individual projects cannot be supported, the Trust can issue letters of support in adopting the Passivhaus Standard to help supplement planning applications. A draft can be viewed by clicking the example below. Please contact if this is of interest.

Useful draft lobbying letters can be found in the flat pack guide - Passivhaus Standards for new housing. The business case for adopting Passivhaus is outlined in our Passivhaus Social Housing guide, along with tips to maximise successful delivery.


PHT example letter of support Green Party Flat Pack_Passivhaus Standard for new housing_2016
Passivhaus Social Housing: Maximising benefits, minimising costs

Resources & reports

Below are a few useful resources and reports to help bolster planning applications or inform local plans. A more extensive list can be found in our technical library or record of other Passivhaus publications.

Passivhaus: the route to zero carbon Making Net Zero Happen 2019 Passivhaus Construction Costs

Image result for zero carbon hub performance gap Touching the voids

Climate action co-benefits: A toolkit for city regions and local authorities

net zero carbon buildings UKGBC
The full cost of poor housing BRE report


North American Passive House Network_Policy resource guide


Further Information

Previous PHT story: UK Passivhaus Policy Progress - 28th November 2018

Passivhaus Social Campaign

Passivhaus: the route to zero carbon?





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