Passive House buildings lead the way

Passive House Award distinguishes international projects – ceremony in Berlin
March 30, 2020

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.

Administrative building in Rouen
A real eye-catcher in Normandy, France: the administrative building in Rouen was built to the Passive House standard and has been certified, so it can be entered in the competition Passive House Award 2020. The architecture award will be presented at the
Logo Passive house Award 2020

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.

Winner of the Passive House Award 2014: Museum of art in Ravensburg, Germany. © PHI

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).

Award ce­re­mony

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.pass­ive­

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