Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz helps kick off Int’l Passive House Conference in China

October 09, 2019

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (a main author of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C) helped kick off the 23rd International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China yesterday. Passive House Accelerator’s Michael Ingui was there among a packed house of practitioners, policymakers, and leaders from China and around the world to hear what he described as an “incredibly moving talk.”

Ürge-Vorsatz joined Ernst Ul­rich von Weiz­säck­er of the Club of Rome, Hou Li’an of the Chinese Academy of En­gin­eer­ing, and Wolfgang Feist of Passive House Institute at the conference’s opening plenary. She emphasized the make-or-break role that buildings will play in the global effort to limit warming to 1.5°C. While she made the case for broad adoption of Passive House design in both new construction and retrofits around the world, she said that that in itself would not be enough. We also need to minimize embodied energy and carbon and work toward carbon drawdown in buildings by storing carbon in bio-based construction materials, she said.

Her parting thought: “From today, every building we build or retrofit to less than a Passivhaus (or zero energy?) standard locks us into a higher temperature future.”

From today, every building we build or retrofit to less than a Passivhaus (or zero energy?) standard locks us into a higher temperature future.

Michael will also be presenting at the conference, as well as taking in as much of the event as is humanly possible. It’s pretty exciting to witness the rapid global spread of Passive House, particularly in China where indoor air quality and efficiency are major priorities in buildings. We should get a report or two “from the field” that we can share here.

<p>Ed May (Building-Type) gets to know conference mascots.</p>

Ed May (Building-Type) gets to know conference mascots.

<p>Andrew Peel (Peel Passive House) on the red carpet.</p>

Andrew Peel (Peel Passive House) on the red carpet.

<p>Michael Ingui and Günter Lang (Passive House Austria) take in the opening evening bash at the conference.</p>

Michael Ingui and Günter Lang (Passive House Austria) take in the opening evening bash at the conference.