Even zoos can be built sustainably!

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Registration is now open for the 24th International Passive House Conference with the focal theme “Passive House: Building the future – Sustainably!” The renowned climate scientist Professor Stefan Rahmstorf will give a speech during the opening plenary of the conference, which will begin on September 20, 2020 and come to a close on October 8, 2020. During the three weeks of the conference, a global audience will be able to view the conference’s events online for the first time with expert talks being held for two days each week.

In addition to the benefit of reaching a wider audience, the online format offers the opportunity to host the Passive House trade exhibition for three consecutive weeks. Virtual excursions of inspiring Passive House projects will also be offered. The detailed conference program is available on the conference website now (click here). The early bird discount will apply until August 24, 2020.

To register, click here.

German climate researcher Professor Stefan Rahmstorf will give a speech at the conference launch.  © Astrid Eckert
German climate researcher Professor Stefan Rahmstorf will give a speech at the conference launch. © Astrid Eckert
Presentations will focus on Passive House projects all over the world, like X88 kindergarten in Beijing.  © Yulin Liu
Presentations will focus on Passive House projects all over the world, like X88 kindergarten in Beijing. © Yulin Liu
Employees of Victoria now working in a new Passive House company building in the Spanish town of Arnedo.   © Victoria
Employees of Victoria now working in a new Passive House company building in the Spanish town of Arnedo. © Victoria
The online conference allows us to spread out the conference program over three weeks. Impressive new builds and retrofits will be presented, among them several projects that incorporate the generation of renewable energy. All projects prove that it is possible to meet sustainability criteria,” explains Jan Steiger, one of the Passive House Institute's managing directors.

German climate researcher and author Professor Stefan Rahmstorf will give a speech at the launch of the 24th International Passive House Conference. His lecture, entitled, “Climate Crisis: What we know and what we can do about it,” will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The oceanographer has been pointing out the consequences of climate warming for a long time. A welcome address to the conference held under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics will be held by Thorsten Herdan, Head of the Department of Energy Policy.

Conference Program to Span Over Three Weeks

The 24thInternational Passive House Conference will stay true to its theme: “Passive House: Building the Future – Sustainably!” After the inauguration session, expert talks on climate-friendly construction and retrofitting to the Passive House standard will be held every Wednesday and Thursday for three weeks. This way, participants will have the opportunity to attend several online lecture series. The lectures are scheduled in the mornings and in the afternoons (CEST) with two parallel sessions taking place at a time. Most lectures will be held in English, and lectures in German will be available with an English translation.

“The online conference allows us to spread out the conference program over three weeks. Impressive new builds and retrofits will be presented, among them several projects that incorporate the generation of renewable energy. All projects prove that it is possible to meet sustainability criteria,” explains Jan Steiger, one of the Passive House Institute’s managing directors.

Projects from around the globe

The 16 different lecture series during the 24th International Passive House Conference will include presentations on Passive House districts and non-residential buildings built to the Passive House standard, as well as multistory Passive House projects. A separate series will deal with Passive House projects worldwide: this will include presentations on a Passive House guesthouse in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, the first Passive House building in Thailand, and projects in Spain and Canada. In addition, two lecture series will focus on Passive House projects in China, including a presentation on the X88 kindergarten for more than 600 children in the Chinese capital Beijing. Retrofit projects all over the world will also be presented at the 24th International Passive House Conference, including the retrofit of the Nuremberg Zoo’s hippopotamus enclosure into an energy efficient walk-in terrarium, and the conversion of a former school building in Hamburg into an EnerPHit standard apartment block with 39 flats.

The Nuremberg zoo has turned its former hippopotamus enclosure into an energy-efficient walk-in terrarium that houses reptiles such as the helmet head gecko (l.) and beetles like the flattened giant dung beetle (r.). The retrofit of this listed building will be the topic of a presentation at the 24th International Passive House Conference. © Tiergarten Nürnberg

The Nuremberg zoo has turned its former hippopotamus enclosure into an energy-efficient walk-in terrarium that houses reptiles such as the helmet head gecko (l.) and beetles like the flattened giant dung beetle (r.). The retrofit of this listed building will be the topic of a presentation at the 24th International Passive House Conference. © Tiergarten Nürnberg

Summer comfort and education

Separate lecture series will deal with the topics of summer comfort, cost-effective housing, and special solutions for Passive House buildings. Yet another series of lectures will be dedicated to the topic of education and professional training. The online conference will also offer new possibilities for excursions: participants will be able to experience many Passive House projects around the world virtually.

Passive House exhibition open for three weeks

An important part of all International Passive House Conferences is the specialist trade exhibition in which international manufacturers present components for energy efficient construction and retrofits. This Passive House trade exhibition will also take place during the 24th International Passive House Conference. Here too, the online format offers the possibility of extending the exhibition period to three weeks. Contact with the manufacturers will be digital. Participants will be able to take part in guided tours through the exhibition and to direct their questions to exhibitors. Virtual rooms will be made available for further exchange and networking.

Early bird discount until 24 August 2020

For the latest information on the 24th International Passive House Conference, make sure to check out the following site: https://passivhaustagung.de/en/.

To register, click here.

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