Passive House Organisations and Groups

Some recommended reading!

Passivhaus Institut (PHI): The (original) Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany

The international Passive House Association (iPHA)

PassivhausPlaner.EU: International list of Certified Passive House Designers, including listing of all accredited training providers worldwide



According to iPHA, June 2012:
“Within the last several years, Passive House has gained rapidly in popularity, with over 37,000 in existence worldwide, and some 4,500 certified according to strict Passive House Institute certification criteria. These numbers are on the rise.”

Passive House Project Database (PHI): Selected Passive House projects worldwide (but with only a very limited number of Austrian projects). Get your Canadian project registered here.

Passive House Database (IG Passivhaus Österreich): Search here for selected Austrian projects

Map of Certified Passive House Buildings (iPHA, PHI)

International Selection: PH designs from around the globe published in Construct Ireland, 2011 (PDF, as published in Construct Ireland, Iss 8, Vol 5, page 22-23)
“… there is a common misconception that building to the passive house standard involves sacrificing design freedom for the sake of thermal performance.”

2014 Passive House Architecture Award Exhibition: With further links to winning entries and The Passive House Architecture Award book
“Good architecture is the embodiment of function, well-being and design.”


Canadian Projects

Let us know about your project.
Register your project with the Passive House Project Database (PHI)

The Austria House in Whistler, BC:
An ambassador – in the form of a building: The Austria House in Whistler (PDF, pages 50 and 51 of the linked iPHA brochure)

Rainbow PH Duplex in Whistler, BC:
BC Passive House (BCPH): Project Details with more links
Passive Green: Whistler Passive House Duplex is Move-In Ready

PH Triplex in Nelson, BC:
Passive House Project Database (PHI)

Naugler House in New Brunswick:
Naugler House Blog

Passive House Vancouver Island, Comox, BC:
Passive Green
Marken Projects


Sources of PH and Technical Information

Passipedia: A wealth of Passive House knowledge (certain articles are only accessible for iPHA members)

iPHA Forum: A dynamic platform for exchange (only accessible for iPHA members)

Passive House pamphlet: The PH basics by iPHA (PDF 2p)

Active for more comfort – The Passive House: In-depth brochure by iPHA (PDF 68p 7.3MB)
Information for property developers, contractors and clients

Passivhaus Primer – Designer’s Guide: By BRE (PDF 12p)

Passivhaus Primer – Contractor’s Guide: By BRE (PDF 12p)

Passive Design Toolkit – For Homes: By the City of Vancouver (PDF 58p 4.72MB)

Passive Design Toolkit – For Larger Buildings: By the City of Vancouver (PDF 114p 12.58MB)

Non Domestic Passive House Design Guidelines: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (PDF 97p 7MB)
Guidelines including a very broad range of case study Passive House projects including not just offices and schools, but also a large Irish supermarket, a church, sports hall, factory and veterinary clinic.

Details for Passive Houses – A Catalogue of Ecologically Rated Construction: By IBO, the Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building

CEPHEUS – Living Comfort without Heating: This book is the concluding document of the CEPHEUS Austria 1998 – 2001 Projects (Cost Efficient Passive Houses as European Standards). The book’s chapters (English and German) and the detailed project reports (German only, 50-70 pages for each of the 9 Austrian projects) are available for download.

‘Zero-Energy’ Construction Crosses the Ocean: Article in the New York Times, 1 December 2011
“When you wake up after sleeping in a passive house … you never have that sort of ‘ugh’ feeling… you wake up with the best sleep ever, because it’s incredibly oxygenated air.”

High Performance Homes – Why isn’t Canada spearheading the movement to build more sustainable homes?: Article in Canadian Geographic magazine, June 2012
“Passive House is the most economical way to build today if the operational costs over many years are taken into the equation.”

Pro/Con: Does Passivhaus Make Sense Over Here? Three North American experts weigh in on applying a German energy efficiency standard across North America’s broad climate zones.

The Passive House Difference – Comparing apples to oranges…: About the differences in energy measurements between Passive House and other standards, by iPHA.

Passive Green: A collection of stories about building progressively green on the West Coast.

be.passive: Belgium PH quarterly magazine with very good project pictures & details, mostly in French


Software Tools

Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): The key design software planning tool for Passive House

THERM: Freeware for calculating window frame and envelope performance (U-values)

WUFI: Software for calculating the coupled heat and moisture transfer in building components

Building Physics (metric-imperial): A handy unit converter for mobile devices and computers, courtesy of André Harrmann