23rd International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China

The news that the 23rd International Passive House Conference is to be held in Gaobeidian, China was met with enthusiastic applause at the conclusion of last year’s conference in Munich. Up until this point, all the conferences organised by the Passive House Institute have been held in Europe.

Map of previous conference locations

In light of the rapid and widespread uptake of Passive House buildings and components in China, now is the perfect time to take the world’s most popular and prestigious Passive House Conference overseas – the Passive House Standard is international after all. Moreover, “Each new building in China brings with it an additional demand for energy for heating and cooling, therefore it is very gratifying that serious efforts are being made in China to radically improve the energy efficiency of buildings. There is still a chance of meeting the climate protection objectives,” explained Professor Feist during the announcement. Professor Feist also expanded on this point recently in this video interview.

Group photo with Prof Dr Wolfgang Feist taken after the announcement that the International Passive House Conference is heading to China! © Passivhaus Institut

China’s rapid urbanisation has resulted in a need for new construction in its cities. In order to meet this demand while simultaneously making strides to reign in CO2 emissions as promised as part of the Paris Agreement, energy efficient building practices are a necessity. Dr. Berthold Kaufmann, who is responsible for many large-scale Passive House projects in China, agrees. He explains, “We can significantly improve the standard of buildings in China using the Passive House Standard because a lot of new construction activity is currently taking place there. This only makes sense if these new buildings consume less energy.”

China’s improvement efforts are indeed impressive. In the past 10 years, over 1.1 million square meters of floor area have been certified to the Passive House Standard in China. By the end of August, another 300,000 square meters are expected to be certified, showing how quickly this number is growing. Many of these Passive House projects can be found on the Passive House database.

In the past 10 years, over 1.1 million square meters of floor area have been certified to the Passive House Standard in China.

One project that is especially exciting is the nearly finished Gaobeidian Bahnstadt. Upon completion, this new district which was inspired by the Bahnstadt in Heidelberg, will become the largest Passive House residential area in the world. It will be made up of a total of 30 high-rise buildings and multi-family houses as well as several single-family houses constructed to the Passive House Standard, resulting in a floor area of over a million square meters.

© Passivhaus Institut

The Gaobedian Bahnstadt is a symbol of the worldwide uptake of the Passive House standard. For this reason, the city of Gaobedian was the perfect candidate for the location for the 23rd International Passive House Conference. After the conclusion of the two-day lectures and workshops, participants have the opportunity to visit this Passive House project, or potentially two others as part of the conference experience. To learn more about what to expect at the conference, visit the event website. Re­gister now and get your early bird discount un­til the 31st of August 2019! We hope to see you there!

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