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 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:
- Climate protection at district level – planning and evaluation with districtPH (in German)
- Q&A for designPH 2
- BIM and PHPP
- Curtain facades (in German)
- …and more!
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
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
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!
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
The “Achieve Better Buildings!” Passive House Conference and the excursions can be credited as a training event towards renewing your certificate!
|3 May 2019||Designer/Tradesperson: 12|
|4 May 2019||Designer/Tradesperson: 12|
|3 and 4 May 2019||Designer/Tradesperson: 24|
|Excursions, 5 May 2019||Designer/Tradesperson: 8|
6) 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
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!
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.
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