SEMINAR: Passive House - Current research activities and global developments

SEMINAR: Passive House - Current research activities and global developments

Seminar Abstract 

The international Passive House Standard, a clearly defined concept for significant energy savings in the building sector, is gaining increasing momentum in North America and worldwide. Starting off with a pilot single family house in Germany in the early nineties, there are now numerous examples of large scale residential developments, as well as diverse commercial projects. This seminar will provide an overview of the scientific background behind the Passive House concept, lessons learned in the past 25 years and main research activities currently taking place at the Passive House Institute. Topics will include:

- Long-term experiences and current trends, including monitoring data.
- Quality assurance: Tools and methods to ensure performance
- A new innovative approach for optimizing buildings for an efficient use of renewable energies
  (Renewable Primary Energy, Passive House Classes "Plus" and "Premium")
- Project examples and related research work e.g. energy efficiency measures for indoor swimming pools.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Jessica Smith and Tomas Mikeska
Senior Scientist, Passive House Institute

Jessica is a physicist and has been part of the research team at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt since 2008. Her responsibilities range from stationary and dynamic energy demand modelling, climate data for energy calculations and hygrothermal simulations of individual building components. The application of the Passive House concept in different climate zones and for indoor swimming pools have also been a main focus of her work, as well as contributions to the renewable primary energy assessment method that is being introduced for the new Passive House classes.

Tomas joined the team at Passive House Institute in 2014. He received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in 2015. His areas of expertize are technical installations in buildings with special focus on heating and cooling solutions. At the Passive House Institute, he is involved in the development of certification schemes for heat pumps.


Oct 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm