7-8 October
Climate resistant cities: Passive House for Russia

The International Passive House Association (iPHA) is excited to be attending SES Moscow and delivering two presentations on Passive House building to the assembled delegates from Russia, and around the world. iPHA is the international outreach arm of the world renowned Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany.

The Passive House Institute, under the direction of its founder, Dr Wolfgang Feist, has been at the forefront of highly energy efficient buildings for over two decades.  Dr Feist and his colleagues designed the first Passive House, which was constructed in Darmstadt in 1990, and founded the Passive House Institute in 1996. The first Passive House in Darmstadt still operates today with the exceptionally low levels of energy consumption that it did upon its commissioning in 1990.

Since the first Passive House building was constructed in Darmstadt, there have been thousands built around the globe and there are now Passive House practitioners on every continent. Large apartment buildings, office towers, schools, gymnasiums, medical clinics, factories and indoor swimming centres have been built to the Passive House Standard across the world and in the next year the first Passive House hospital will open in Frankfurt, Germany. The Passive House Standard and methodology can be applied to any type of building design or construction technique, in any country or climactic conditions. The Passive House Standard is a truly global Standard and represents one of the best available methods for the building industry to meet its climate obligations.

In the Knowledge Hub stream iPHA will be presenting a detailed lecture (in English) on Passive House for Russia. This lecture will discuss the unique climate conditions of Russia and how Passive House buildings are perfectly suited to these conditions, including examples from similar climate zones around the world. The lecture will also cover the integration of Passive House buildings, or even Passive House districts, into Russian cities (focussing on Moscow) and the benefits of encouraging such highly efficient buildings. The lecture will touch upon the opportunities that exist for knowledge sharing, capacity building, industry involvement and international opportunities when using the global Passive House Standard.

iPHA will also present a second and smaller presentation entitled, "Climate Resilient Cities:  Passive House for High Density Urban Living" (in English). This discussion will focus on the ability of large Passive House residential buildings to provide comfortable and energy efficient housing, while also future proofing the cities and regions of the future. We will discuss the many benefits of such developments, from creating climate resilient neighbourhoods to the ability to create affordable social housing. The presentation will showcase successful projects from around the world.

The Passive House presentations that iPHA presents at the Smart Energy Summit will be of particular interest to professionals from the Russian construction and energy industries, but professionals from all regions will see that Passive House is adaptable to any region.  Architects, civil engineers, energy efficiency consultants, urban planners and government authorities will find valuable and relevant information that pertains to their areas of expertise and members of iPHA will be present and available to engage further with conference delegates on the opportunities that Passive House can provide to their cities and regions.

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