2016 Newsletter
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Retrofitting for the energy revolution, one step at a time

Before (left) and after (right) Photos © MosArt

Through the EuroPHit project, 14 partners in 11 EU Member State countries worked to apply knowledge on deep energy retrofits to step-by-step retrofits through pilot projects across Europe.

A selection of residential and non-residential buildings across Europe are being retrofitted according to Passive House principles through this project, with 20 pilot projects in 9 countries currently involved. Of these, 11 have already completed the first retrofit steps. Through the EuroPHit project a total of 40,000 m2 of Treated Floor Area are planned to be retrofitted with a budget of more than 26 Million € for these first steps alone.

In this newsletter we bring you some of the most recent highlights as the project closes off this month. We hope this brings the right inspiration to bring deep energy retrofitting forward within your regions and organisations. The project made many important tools and results available, all of which can be found on the EuroPHit website.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Your EuroPHit communications team

Case studies

In total 20 projects, both case studies and observer projects, are part of the EuroPHit project - different building types located throughout the EU being retrofitted according to Passive House principles, with the ultimate goals of achieving the EnerPHit Standard.
A detailed description of EuroPHit case studies can be found here.

Check out the following YouTube video from project partner MosArt on the retrofitting process of EuroPHit Observer Project # 21: Step-by-Step Retrofitting of a Family Home in Wicklow Town, Ireland.
Case study materials and information on:
  • Technical solutions
  • Modernisation proposals
  • Efficient step-by-step improvement
  • Construction site photos
  • Technical details
  • Contact information

EuroPHit contributes to EASME paper on Practical Approaches to the Building Renovation Challenge

The paper, published by the Executive Agency for SME’s (EASME) summarises the key findings of building experts from 40 EU-funded projects including EuroPHit.

“The paper sets out the results of a workshop organised in December 2015 in Brussels by the Horizon 2020 Energy (Buildings) team of the EASME in conjunction with, the European portal for energy efficient buildings and some 40 EU-funded projects supported under Horizon 2020, 7th Framework Programme (FP7), Intelligent Energy Europe programme, and other regional and cross-border programmes such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).”

Click here to read the paper.
Final Project Meeting

On April 21, 2016 the EuroPHit project consortium met in Darmstadt, Germany for the final project meeting to discuss project outcomes and results and the way forward for deep energy retrofits in Europe!

Certification platform

Online platform for Passive House Certification

The Passive House Institute's online certification platform, which was developed in the framework of the EuroPHit project, is the backbone structure of the entire information exchange which takes place during the certification process, between the Passive House Designer and the Certifier.

Financing step-by-step retrofits

Final International Financial Workshop - Deep retrofit Financing

With the EuroPHit Project coming to a close, the research and applied case study results were examined in an international context toward increasing a high-quality energy efficient building stock and motivating local governments and financial institutions alike to adopt these innovative models. Information exchange and best practices were shared throughout the day in an interactive workshop setting. Download presentations and read more here!

Financial workshops held around Europe: in Spain (top), in Sweden (down);  Photos © EuroPHit partners


Component Award 2016

The winners of the Component Award 2016 for ventilation solutions in residential buildings have been selected. The first prize goes to a concept by the Austrian manufacturer Pichler. A joint second prize will be granted to the Dutch company Vaventis and the Italian firm Michael Tribus Architecture. The approaches for building retrofits selected by an independent jury are not only characterised by a high level of energy efficiency, but also by their economic viability. The presentation of the Award will take place at the 20th International Passive House Conference which is to be held on 22 and 23 April in Darmstadt. Read Press Release.

Photo © PHI

Info & News


EuroPHit Forum

EuroPHit discussion topics now on iPHA Forum

Still don't have an access to the iPHA Forum? Last chance to sign up with the EuroPHit network, free of charge, and become part of a pool of experts.

Passipedia: new EuroPHit articles online

Passipedia constitutes a vast array of cutting edge, scientifically sound articles, now including deeper information on EuroPHit and step-by-step retrofits. Basic Passive House information is also available on Passipedia.
New articles on deep energy and step-by-step retrofits now available here.

News from Italian partner - ZEPHIR

The last year has been a successful year for our Italian partner ZEPHIR (Zero Energy and PassivHaus Institute for Research).
The Italian Passivhaus Conference took place on the 21st of November 2015 in Turin, bringing together leading Italian and International Passive House experts. The conference also played host to politicians and representatives from financial institutions.
ZEPHIR also ran several successful EuroPHit courses in November 2015 including: a designer course in Milan; a designer course in Cesena; and a Tradesperson course in Bergamo (see pictures below).
January 2016 saw the second Passivhaus window frame from an Italian manufacturer receiving certification. This was carried out by ZEPHIR for the first in collaboration with the PHI.
Designer courses held in November 2015 in Milan (top left) and Cesena (top right). Tradesperson course held in November 2015 in Bergamo (bottom left and right) Photos © EuroPHit partners.
ZEPHIR also attended the 2016 Klima House Expo in Bolzano for the fifth consecutive year. The latest developments of the EuroPHit project as well as news on innovations within the wider Passive House and energy efficiency industry were presented.

First block of BRE's case study project Wilmcote House completed

Photos © BRE.

EnEffect holds professional training courses in Bulgaria

After a series of successful educational events in Bulgaria over the last couple of years, several Passive House training courses were held for building designers and craftsmen. In January and Febuary alone, EnEffect organised training in 7 Bulgarian cities: Sofia, Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Bourgas, Rousse, Stara Zagora and Pleven. A total of 49 craftsmen and 69 designers were trained in PH principles both for new builds and for the renovation of existing buildings to the EnerPHit standard. Building airtightness was introduced as a new topic of importance for Bulgarian practices. The only licensed Bulgarian company for blower-door tests (Hexagon), conducted detailed specialized theoretical and practical training on this topic. The exit surveys indicate that the participants’ response to the training was overwhelmingly positive.

Training at Plovdiv (top left), Pleven (top right), Stara Zagora (bottom left) and Sofia (bottom right) Photos © EnEffect

Tillieux to present new window  system for step-by-step retrofits at Passibat

The French window manufacturer Tillieux will offer a hands-on presentation of its system for the step-by-step retrofit of windows at the Passibat Fair in Paris on 12th April.
The system, called Réawin A+ TIP TEP, comprises a wood/aluminium triple glazed window and connection kit to interior insulation comprising cork, aerogel, OSB and an airtightness membrane. Passibat is the convention dedicated to passive house and NZEB, organised by project partner La Maison Passive

The 2016 event presents several products and innovations for refurbishments.

Window insertion (top), insertion of aerogel into window frame (middle left), thermal bridge calculation (middle left), parts of the REAWIN connection kit (bottom right and left) Photos © La Maison Passiv

Key Upcoming Events

Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House is now 25 years old; to celebrate this, the International Passive House Conference is returning to Darmstadt – the city in Germany, in which this success story began. On 22 and 23 April 2016, over a hundred speakers from all over the world will report on the latest projects relating to highly energy efficient construction and retrofits. But the anniversary will also serve as an occasion for a review, with the presentation of results relating to the durability of the individual building components of the first Passive House.

There are several sessions and workshops that relate to the EuroPHit project. Session 3 focuses on Enerphit and the latest retrofit projects while session 15 is focused on step-by-step retrofits. There will also be a workshop looking at deep retrofits with PHPP and the window workshop will cover window installation in step-by-step retrofits.

More information and registration details here.

International Passive House Days 2016

This year's International Passive House Days, in November, as well as the newly-introduced mid-year Passive House days in June, will include step by step retrofit projects, EnerPHit refurbs and Passive House buildings taking part throughout the 11 partner countries and beyond! | Passive  House Days 2016

Key Past Events

International Passive House Days
13- 15 November 2015, worldwide

Every year for the last 10 years, Passive House residences and owners have opened up their buildings to the public in the second weekend in November for what has come to be known as the International Passive House Days. As was the case last year, this year's Passive House Days will be promoted through EuroPHit across the EU. Many of the case studies will take part this time around as well as other interesting retrofitting examples.
From 13 to 15 November 2015, almost 700 Passive House buildings in 30 countries opened their doors to introduce the public to the future of energy-efficient housing. Several thousand visitors across the globe made their way to participating buildings and got first-hand experience from both architects and Passive House residents about the tangible benefits of the highly energy-efficient Passive House Standard.
An overview of the Passive House buildings in various cities and regions is provided on
For all EuroPHit events, upcoming and past, visit the EuroPHit website!

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