Achieve Better Buildings! Passive House Conference in Heidelberg, May 3-4

Author: Giorgia Tzar

Heidelberg encompasses not just a beautiful historic district, but new and must-see urban areas that showcase the latest in building design and technology. The city’s Bahnstadt is the world’s largest Passive House district, making Heidelberg the ideal venue for the Achieve Better Buildings! Passive House Conference, sponsored by the City of Heidelberg.

The Achieve Better Buildings! conference will take place in addition to this year’s International Passive House Conference in China. On top of the traditional conference programme of specialist lectures and hands-on workshops, this year includes new formats, excursions and innovations. Register now to join us in Heidelberg, Germany May 3-4!

1) Take part in lectures, workshops and enjoy the accompanying trade fair

Take part in lectures, workshops and enjoy the accompanying trade fair!

Look forward to lec­tures on cur­rent top­ics such as cooling and dehumidification, retrofits, tools, airtightness and much more from our international speakers!

Take part in informative work­shops, which for the first time ever are included in the price of the conference ticket, and will take place par­al­lel to the lec­tures on Fri­day and Sat­urday. Topics include:

Meet the exhibitors and find innovative products and solutions for your Passive House projects – this year’s trade fair will take place in the heart of the congress center!

2) Visit the world’s largest Passive House District

Visit the world's largest Passive House District!

Take part in one of our three excursions and vis­it Pass­ive House build­ings in Heidel­berg and the sur­round­ing area – including the Heidelberg Bahnstadt – the largest Pass­ive House dis­trict in the world!

The excursions give you the opportunity to vis­it a range of interesting Passive House projects in the re­gion. One tour includes a visit to the Heidelberg ‘en­ergy park’ which supplies the city’s dis­trict heat­ing before touring an 11,000m2 com­plex which includes a school, kinder­garten and apart­ment build­ings.

3) Attend networking events

Attend networking events!

Passive House Party: Fri­day, 3 May 2019, 7:30pm

The in­ter­na­tion­al net­work­ing event of this con­fer­en­ce takes place in the centre of the Pass­ive House ex­hib­i­tion in the heart of the beau­ti­ful Stadthalle. En­joy the cuisine and meet Pass­ive House friends from all over the world!

iPHA Dinner: Sat­urday, 4 May 2019, 7:00pm

The In­ter­na­tion­al Pass­ive House As­so­ci­ation in­vite you for an even­ing of net­work­ing over dinner at Heidel­berg‘s res­taur­ant “Zum Gülden­en Schaf”. This year’s din­ner aims to bring all the re­gions rep­res­en­ted by our affiliates, part­ners and mem­bers un­der one roof.

Cultural Excursion of Heidelberg’s Old Town: Sat­urday, 4 May 2019, 7:00pm

For every­one who wants something a little different after two full days of Pass­ive House, we of­fer a novel tour through old Heidel­berg: You will be guided by a so-called ‘Bür­gersfrau’. The old­est part of Heidel­berg has far more to of­fer than just the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge): it is filled with pic­tur­esque al­leys and a unique view of the world’s best-known ru­in. The Bür­gersfrau will take you on a tour through the city, talk­ing about the every­day ex­cite­ment in the Old Town and sharing an­ec­dotes from her life. Listen to her tales of the noblemen and women – you may even hear a few juicy stor­ies about the royal court.

4) Take part in the first Pas­sive House Slam: Chal­lenges in prac­tice and how to mas­ter them!

Take part in the first Pas­sive House Slam!

Learn­ing from the ex­per­i­en­ces of oth­er plan­ners and talk­ing to like-minded people is the aim of this ses­sion! With a tongue in cheek, ar­chi­tects and en­gin­eers will briefly and hu­mor­ously re­port on pro­fes­sion­al chal­lenges they have over­come as part of their Pass­ive House work! We still have some spaces left! So, if you count your­self among the old hands of Pass­ive House de­sign­ers or have a funny an­ec­dote that springs to mind, find out how to join the fun here!

5) Receive credit points

Recieve credit points!

The “Achieve Better Buildings!” Pass­ive House Con­fer­en­ce and the ex­cur­sions can be cred­ited as a train­ing event to­wards re­new­ing your cer­ti­fic­ate!

DateCred­it points
3 May 2019De­sign­er/Trades­per­son: 12
4 May 2019De­sign­er/Trades­per­son: 12
3 and 4 May 2019De­sign­er/Trades­per­son: 24
Ex­cur­sio­ns, 5 May 2019De­sign­er/Trades­per­son: 8

6) Join the NZEB: Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Op­por­tun­it­ies for (fur­ther) Education round table discussion

Join the NZEB: Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Op­por­tun­it­ies for (fur­ther) Education round table discussion!

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 6:00 pm at Agaplesion Academy Heidelberg

It isn’t possible to implement the necessary increase in the energy efficiency of buildings, without also adapting academic and vocational education across the construction related industries. Cost-efficient “nearly zero energy buildings” require an optimised planning process and construction sequence, which cannot be guaranteed without reliable specialist knowledge. In addition, the teaching of highly energy-efficient methods raises awareness and knowledge of energy efficiency in building amongst the wider public.

Educators are already aware of this and as such, many teaching developments have already been successfully implemented. In order to continue this process, we cordially invite you to an exchange on the following questions:

  • How do we teach to achieve climate goals?
  • What responsibilities, challenges and opportunities result from the “nZEB” for (further) education?

We will discuss these topics with representatives of vocational and academic education on the evening before the Pass­ive House Con­fer­en­ce “Achieve bet­ter Build­ings!” in Heidel­berg, Germany. Your expertise is valuable – share critical questions, important experiences and successful examples! Find out more.

7) Take advantage of the special E-learning offer for conference participants

Take advantage of the special E-learning offer for conference participants!

Get a clear over­view of the Pass­ive House Stand­ard, the cer­ti­fic­a­tion re­quire­ments and the vari­ous ele­ments to con­sider when design­ing and con­struct­ing Pass­ive House build­ings. Each course unit in­cludes a short video present­a­tion, fol­lowed by further study ma­ter­i­al and a short quiz that you can take sev­er­al times. By passing the fi­nal ex­am, you re­ceive a cer­ti­fic­ate of at­tend­ance. Learn more.

Learn the Pass­ive House prin­ciples at your own pace, whenev­er and wherever you want – conference participants can book the e-learning course for a reduced fee of only €95!

Achieve Better Buildings! Passive House Conference Heidelberg 2019

The “Achieve Better Buildings!” Passive House Conference is not only an excellent opportunity to learn and expand your network, it also promises to be a fun and memorable event. Registration is open and iPHA members get a 15% discount!

Please visit the conference website for more information.

We hope to welcome you to Heidelberg May 3-4!

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