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Passivhaus at COP26

Date: 01 November - 12 November Time: Various
Location: Online & in person Cost: Various

Get these dates in your diary for Passivhaus activities in the lead-up to and immediately after the global climate change conference COP26.

COP26 Glasgow

During COP26   |   Post 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. Passivhaus is a tried and tested solution to slashing energy demand AND ensuring healthy, comfortable indoor environments.


The recent IPCC report once again reinforced the urgent need for immediate action on mitigating the Climate Crisis. The world will soon look upon Glasgow and the UK for COP26. We intend to use this opportunity to promote the tools already available in our Climate toolkit to address this emergency. Passivhaus gives us a range of proven approaches to deliver net-zero-ready new and existing buildings optimised for a decarbonised grid and augmented for occupant health and wellbeing. This is no time to reinvent the wheel - the tools we need to deliver on our climate pledges exist today, so let's get to work!

Sarah Lewis, Research & Policy Director, PassivhausTrust


Passivhaus Activities

COP26 takes place from 1 -12 November. In the lead-up and immediately after, there’s a plethora of Passivhaus activity to get involved with:

18 OCT – 12 NOV



Cedar Court, Collective ArchitectureCOP-runs

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

31 OCT – 12 NOV


UEA Enterprise Centre, ArchitypeBuild Better Now - Virtual Pavilion

3 of the 17 pioneering case studies having a positive impact on people’s lives are Passivhaus:

03 NOV

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

PHT & the SDF Alliance sign up to the UNECE International Centres of Excellence

The Passivhaus Trust, in partnership with the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) Alliance, signs as part of 1 of 10 new UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) International Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings alongside representatives from the UN, Scottish Government, Green Building Alliance, and others. Demonstrating a holistic approach to sustainable building, the SDF Alliance launched a new Exemplars Library as part of the mission to drive net-zero in construction.

04 NOV



Build Better NowSustainable 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. 

04 NOV


Lomond Auditorium, Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, UK & Online

Climate-neutral housing - Decarbonizing the housing stock in an inclusive & 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.

05 NOV

PM time TBC



Be the solutionBe 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 Passivhaus on the 5th November.

05 NOV



Efficiency: The First Renewable EnergyEfficiency: 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. Part of COP26 digital EU Pavilion. Organised by the International Passive House Association (iPHA).

05 – 07 NOV

International hybrid events

Ostro Passivhaus, Paper Igloo ArchitectsPassivhaus Open Days

After the success of the first digital International Passivhaus Open Days in 2020, and due to the continuing COVID19 restrictions around the world, the 2021 Open Days will remain a hybrid event, with site tours, Q&As, panel discussions and more taking place in-person or online depending on the region and current COVID-19 status.

08 NOV



Glaswegian Passivhaus site visitsSustainable buildings of Glasgow tour

COP26 delegates are invited to visit Passivhaus projects at various stages of development across Glasgow city. Tours end with a visit to the CS-IC Factory for Passivhaus presentations. Spaces are limited! Register by contacting with the subject line "Sustainable buildings of Glasgow tour"

11 NOV

09:00 time TBC

PHT meet Scottish Minister for Education at COP26PHT meet Scottish Minister for Education

A dedicated day as part of the COP26 Conference proceedings exploring innovative climate action solutions for our built environment. PHT meet with Scotland’s Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training to discuss Passivhaus and retrofit,

11 NOV

09:30 - 10:30

Green Zone, Science Show Theatre

How buildings will play a role in fighting climate change. The right decision today, means a better tomorrow.How buildings will play a role in fighting climate change. The right decision today, means a better tomorrow

The presentation by South West College's Barry McCarron & MosArt's Tomas O'Leary, will celebrate Erne Campus - the world’s largest Passivhaus Premium project.

11 NOV


Blue Zone, EU Pavilion, Scottish Event Campus

Icebox Challenge: The results of a public experimentIce 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 Passivhaus as a pathway to improving our existing building stock and future new builds.

11 NOV


Global ABC Buildings Pavilion, Theatre (Hall 5)

Icebox Challenge: Glasgow to SantiagoIcebox Challenge - Glasgow to Santiago

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.

12 NOV



Lewisham Zero Carbon Schools: Zoom Assembly Autumn 2021Lewisham Zero Carbon Schools: Zoom Assembly Autumn 2021

A morning of climate education for the next generation, don't miss PHT member RAFT's (Retrofit Action For Tomorrow) 6-school assembly. The event will include activities based around Passivhaus fundamentals such as insulation, heating, and saving energy in buildings, and pupils will show the live retrofit construction works currently taking place in their schools. Children will share what they have learnt, following a live update from COP26.

Post COP26

23 NOV



Net Zero Buildings with Scotland's Climate Assembly, Good Homes Alliance, & Passivhaus TrustNet Zero Buildings

Explore the Scotland’s Climate Assembly’s recommendation that Scotland should improve the quality of its buildings by updating building standards to Passivhaus/ EnerPHit or a Scottish equivalent. Supported by Good Homes Alliance, & the Passivhaus Trust.

23 NOV



St Sophia's EnerPHit. Hamson Barron SmithLearning Places Scotland

We hope this one is being recorded! Simultaneous presentations on two Scottish Passivhaus schools. Sarah Lewis leads the discussion on UK's first Passivhaus EnerPHit school on stage 1. Hop over to stage 2 to explore West Lothian Council Early Years parallel Passivhaus vs Traditional build developments.

25 NOV & 02 DEC

14.00 – 17:15


2021 UK Passivhaus Conference: Delivering Net Zero through PassivhausUK Passivhaus Conference: Delivering Net Zero through Passivhaus

After exploring the climate emergency big picture in Glasgow, we shall be driving down into the technical & practical aspects of putting net-zero pledges into action. Join us online for two Thursday afternoons to discover the realities of delivering Passivhaus.

01 DEC

18:30 - 20:00


Currie Community High School, Image credit: Dalgety Design for ArchitypeSpACE: Net Zero through Passivhaus

Join Passivhaus Trust and Architype for an evening event, showcasing Passivhaus projects that offer Scotland a robust and reliable solution to meeting net-zero carbon targets. Don't miss an exciting presentation on Currie Community High Schoolset to be the first Passivhaus Secondary School in Scotland.

15 DEC

13.00 – 14.30


Retrofit Masterclass: Solid Wall ConstructionPassivhaus Retrofit Masterclass Lecture: Solid Wall Construction

Expanding upon our retrofit activities and following an engaging introduction to the Passivhaus Retrofit Masterclass lecture series, we commence, taking an in-depth dive into achieving Passivhaus in several retrofit constructions. Next up - we explore solid wall construction.

NB: All times stated for BST.


The International Passivhaus House Association (iPHA) schedule for Passivhaus activities at COP26 can be found here.


Further Information

COP26 Glasgow

What is Passivhaus?

Passivhaus: a route to zero carbon

Efficiency First Campaign

Previous PHT story: PHT & the SDF Alliance sign up to the UNECE International Centres of Excellence - 03 November 2021

Passivhaus and the Sustainable Development Goals

Join the Passivhaus Trust

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