SINFONIA at Passive House Conference in Heidelberg, 3-4 May 2019

Heidelberg is a city containing not just a beautiful historic district, but also new, must-see urban areas. Most notably the city’s Bahnstadt, home to the world’s largest Passive House settlement. This makes Heidelberg the ideal venue for the "Achieve Better Buildings!" Passive House Conference, sponsored by the City of Heidelberg. Besides the conference programme with specialist lectures and hands-on workshops, there will be new formats, excursions and innovations.

SINFONIA will be presented in a session about deep retrofits on Saturday, 4 May 2019. Laszlo Lepp from Passive House Institute will present the outcomes and best practice examples from Innsbruck and Rainer Pfluger from the University of Innsbruck will talk about the results of deep renovation of the two schools. Jürgen Schnieders from Passive House Institute will hold a workshop about the energy balance tool districtPH, developed within SINFONIA project.

The other presentations will include topics such as indoor swimming pools using the Passive House Standard, summer comfort, the combination of renewable energy and the planning and implementation of Passive House districts. Heidelberg's Mayor Eckart Würzner will also hold a lecture. Baden-Württemberg’s Minister for the Environment Franz Untersteller will make a welcome address at the conference. There will also be panel discussions examining how high energy efficiency and building culture can be combined, and how architects and planners can convince their clients of the Passive House Standard. Numerous workshops on a variety of topics including the Passive House Project Planning Package (PHPP) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are also a part of the programme.

In addition to the conference programme, there will also be a two-day trade exhibition. Manufacturers will present their products for energy-efficient construction and retrofitting. Many of these products are certified Passive House components.

This conference offers many opportunities to network with international energy efficiency stakeholders, especially at the Passive House Party on Friday at the heart of the exhibition.

Sunday after the conference, participants are invited to join the excursions visiting impressive Passive House projects in Heidelberg and the surrounding area. One of the excursions will lead visitors through Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt, currently the largest Passive House district in the world. The city of Heidelberg has made the Passive House Standard mandatory for the area that once served as the freight station. Since then, numerous residential and non-residential buildings have been built to the Passive House Standard, including three daycare centers, a school, a community center, a fire station, a hardware store and a cinema. A large shopping center is also currently under construction.


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