2014 Passive House Award

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The 2014 Passive House Award, supported by the EU through the PassREg project and under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Transport Building and Urban Development, is a celebration of architecture. The Award demonstrates the great potential and versatility offered by Passive House solutions.

Any Certified Passive House Building or EnerPHit Retrofit, as well as larger complexes including such buildings, can enter the competition. In addition to single buildings, urban planning with a focus on Passive House principles may be submitted for this year’s award.

Special recognitions may also be awarded for a number of different themes such as

  • the intelligent use of renewable energy sources
  • integrated energy supply concepts
  • innovative designs
  • solutions that respond to particular challenges, whether climate or otherwise

The deadline for entry is 30 September. Buildings will be judged on architectural design and the winners will be announced in April 2014 at the 18th International Passive House Conference in Aachen.

Individual buildings

Entries to this category must be Certified Passive House Buildings or EnerPHit Retrofits, according to internationally recognized Passive House Institute criteria. This certification, carried out by either the Passive House Institute itself or by one of its accredited Building Certifiers, must be completed by 30 September 2013 and must be registered with the International Passive House database by that time.

Urban Planning: Regions and neighborhoods

Entries to this category may be in either partially or fully completed. Any project larger in scope than a single building may participate in this category: a cluster of buildings, a street, a neighborhood, an entire city or larger area. Municipalities and regional governments as well as clubs, housing associations, building companies, and other market actors large and small are welcome to enter their projects. Such entries must demonstrate a holistic, energy efficiency first concept. The additional use of on-site or nearby renewable energy solutions is welcomed where possible and sensible. No less than 1 building must be certified according to internationally recognised Passive House Institute criteria for Passive House or EnerPHit Buildings. This completed certification carried out by either the Passive House Institute itself or by one of its accredited Building Certifiers, must be part of the submission. Additionally, all certified buildings must be registered with the International Passive House database by that time. For entries including as of yet unfinished buildings, renderings illustrating design plans are encouraged.

Note: Buildings submitted to the category “Individual building” may also be part of a regional concept submitted to the category “Urban planning”. Buildings that have been certified as “Pilot Projects” by the Passive House Institute, whether EnerPHit or Passive House, also qualify as certified buildings for the purposes of this award.



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