Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House Institute in Darmstadt has announced the Passive House Award 2020 to reward pioneering projects in the field of energy efficient construction. A special focus of the competition will be on integrated renewable energy supply. An international jury panel will select the award winners. The award ceremony will take place during the 24th International Passive House Conference in Berlin.
If climate change is to be mitigated, it is necessary for the buildings we live and work in to consume considerably less energy. That is exactly what the Passive House Institute will reward with the Passive House Award 2020. The architecture competition will highlight that Passive House buildings are both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. "With the Passive House Award we wish to draw attention to the fact that Passive House buildings actively contribute to climate protection and that these are sophisticatedly designed projects. That's what we want to honour architects for," explains Dr Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passive House Institute.
Certification is a prerequisite
Passive House buildings, Low Energy buildings, and buildings that have been retrofitted to the EnerPHit standard can be submitted to the Passive House Award 2020, regardless of the building use. What matters, is that the buildings are Passive House certified. Large developments and districts are also eligible for submission to the award, even if they have not yet been completed. Decisive is an integrated concept for the supply of energy with a focus on the energy efficiency of the buildings. A prerequisite for large developments and districts is that at least one of the buildings is already certified. In general, buildings which have already received an award in earlier architecture competitions of the Passive House Institute, are excluded from participation in this award. Entries for the Passive House Award 2020 can be submitted until 1 June 2020.
International jury panel
Among other things, the jury will consider the design, cost efficiency and energy supply of the buildings. The panel will consist of international experts, including architects Deborah Moelis from the USA and Ana Sánchez-Ostiz from Spain. Moelis supervised the Cornell Tech Passive House high-rise in New York, Sánchez-Ostiz is the director of the Environmental Design and Building Management master programme at the University of Navarra. Jury panel member Burkhard Schulze Darup from Berlin advises the German Federal Environmental Agency and advocated the use of Passive House components in the reconstruction of the Frankfurt Altstadt. Professor Song Yehau, from China, is the director of the Institute for Architecture at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. As an architect, he has received numerous awards for his projects. Architect Tom Wright from the UK designed one of the most famous buildings in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs).
The award ceremony for the Passive House Award 2020 will be held during the 24th International Passive House Conference on 20 and 21 September 2020 at the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center in Berlin. Abstracts for the conference can be submitted until 2 March 2020. Further information about taking part in the Passive House Award 2020 can be found here: www.passivehouse-award.org
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