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The 14th International Passive House Conference 2010
28th and 29th May 2010 in Dresden

Press Information 19 March 2010

Energy efficiency for the whole planet – practice-oriented
Passive House Conference Programme published

Darmstadt, 19 March 2010 – How to refurbish listed buildings in an energy-relevant way?
Why is the air quality in a Passive House school better than that of a conventional school
building? Scientists from all over the world will deal with these and many other questions
during the 14th International Passive House Conference on 28th and 29th May in Dresden.
The latest developments in energy-efficient construction will be presented in sixteen bilingual
Working Groups.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Scientific Director of the Passive House Institute and Professor of
the Building Physics Unit at the University of Innsbruck, emphasises the distinctiveness of
the Conference: "Scientifically well-founded reports are already available for a great number
of projects operating in practice which have now been evaluated. Their results are extremely
helpful for further development. They show how and why basic approaches have worked so
well – and which technology is liable to produce less optimal results. Social scientists have
also carried out large-scale surveys with Passive House residents – and have compared the
statistics with other new constructions. These will be prepared for the Conference in Dresden
and we can discuss them with the authors.”

The main focus of this year's Conference lies on the following topics: "Energy efficiency and
preservation of historical buildings", "Sustainability and cost-effectiveness of non-residential
buildings", "Refurbishment", and "Comfort and health". Many different contributions
document the broad spectrum of the Conference: from the first certified Passive House
supermarket in Ireland to the Austrian Passive House for the Olympic Winter Games in

The global implementation of the Passive House concept will be studied in six Working
Groups. The expansion of the Passive House standard in Central and Eastern Europe is
another important focus. In two Working Groups, speakers will present initial reports about
their experiences, as well as realised projects in Bulgaria, Latvia, Rumania, the Czech
Republic, Hungary and Poland. "The Passive House is spreading at great speed", observes
Professor Jan Tywoniak. He is in charge of the research projects on energy efficiency at the
Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic). Professor Zbasnik-Senegacnik, who
teaches architecture at the University in Ljubljana (Slovenia), sums it up: "With the Passive
House, for the first time there is international, comprehensive access with potentials in all
climates to energy-efficient construction. Of course, the ideal components vary from region to
region, but the methodology is systematic and target-oriented. This is both an opportunity for
international communication and for successful regional development.” Dr. Lorant Krajcovics,
from Bratislava, reports about the implementation in Slovakia: “The Passive House became a
development trend within a few years, and I'm happy that the experiences of my colleagues
from Slovakia can be presented at the conference”. All three scientists are members of the
conference advisory board.

At the forefront
Saxony's Minister for the Environment Frank Kupfer will inaugurate the Conference. “With
the ‘Action Plan for Climate and Energy’ the Free State of Saxony has committed itself to the
application of better energy standards for building construction. This Conference will
certainly contribute to making the Passive House even more familiar and successful",
assures Kupfer, who has assumed the patronage of the event. The State of Saxony supports
the construction of these highly efficient buildings with the "Passive House Innovation and
Practice Network" with model construction projects. Visitors to the Conference can view
realized Passive House buildings locally on Sunday 30th May. With the decision for holding
the Conference in the newly-formed German states for the first time, the organisers intend to
advance the Passive House standard, not only in this region but above all in Eastern Europe
also. The organisers are expecting about 1,000 participants not only from Germany and
Europe, but the whole world.

The tried and tested technical components for Passive Houses can be seen at the Passive
House components exhibition in the Congress Centre in Dresden. In the leading trade fair of
the branch covering an area of 3100 m², reputable manufacturers will display the latest
product developments, systems and procedures for energy efficient construction.
Useful information will be provided by experts at the Passive House Forum during the
Passive House components exhibition. The organisers of the Forum, the Information
Community Passive House Germany, will be present at their stand with neutral information
and latest Passive House research results for members, Conference participants and other
interested people.

14th International Passive House Conference with Passive House components exhibition
Date: Friday 28th and Saturday 29th May 2010
Venue: Congress Centre Dresden

The Passive House Institute Darmstadt and SAENA GmbH - the energy agency of Saxony -
are the joint organisers of the 14th International Passive House Conference. For further
information please see

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