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Annual Passivhaus Pilgrimage: 21st International Passivhaus Conference 2017

The 'Annual Passivhaus Pilgrimage’, a.k.a. the International Passivhaus Conference, now in its 21st year, was attended by Passivhaus pros from over 50 countries looking to network and share global lessons learned.

This year’s conference took place in the Austrian capital of Vienna, a city and country that leads the way in terms of Passivhaus numbers with nearly a quarter of all documented Passivhaus buildings worldwide being located in the country.

The conference theme was ‘Passivhaus for All’, reflecting on the myriad of projects that have been built or are under construction for a wide variety of uses such as schools, halls of residences, museums and fire stations; construction methods including pre-fab and modular; cool, warm and hot climates and both high and lower-end budgets.

A particularly exciting development this year was the showcasing of a number of high-rise Passivhaus projects under development across the globe including a 352 unit student housing development in New York City and two residential towers of 28 and 31 floors for social housing in Bilbao, Spain.

The UK was also well represented throughout the two days, with presentations from Myrtia Fasouli, Sturgis Carbon Profiling on the oldest EnerPHit retrofit in the UK; Gareth Selby, Architype on the award-winning UEA Enterprise Centre; Rupert Daly, Collective Architecture on a high-rise residential retrofit project in Glasgow; Nick Grant, Elemental Solutions on developing summer comfort guidance in the UK and Mark Siddall, LEAP on his experience of overheating risks in the North East of England.

It was great to see that Passivhaus is continuing to grow worldwide with the total global floor area of Passivhaus buildings increasing from 10 million m2 in 2010 to 46 million m2 last year, in addition to nearly 900 Passivhaus building components being certified by the Passivhaus Institut.

The 22nd edition of the International Passivhaus Conference will take place on 9th-10th March 2018 in Munich, Germany with the slogan – ‘Passivhaus – it’s worth it!’. Submit your abstracts now.

Check out some tweets from the Conference here: #21intPHC

Don't forget, the UK Passivhaus Conference 2017 takes place on 24th October 2017 at the Business Design Centre, London. Tickets will be available soon and the deadline for Passivhaus Futures call for entries is 31st May.

Further Information

21st International Passivhaus Conference

Image credits: International Passive House Association

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