Passivhaus Regions

Passivhaus Regions

The following section is a list of cities and administrative districts around the world that make use of the Passivhaus standard. Reading through the list I note that Hamburg, which has a bigger population than Adelaide requires that ‘municipal funding for new housing projects will be granted exclusively to Passive Houses’. In Cologne which has almost as many people as Adelaide, ‘all new buildings in the city of Cologne must be designed under the Passive House concept’. More impressive is the country of Luxembourg that stipulates ‘As of 2017, all residential new builds are required to be built to the Passive House Standard.’
This list is taken from the IPHA (International Passivhaus Associtaion) website. This is a condensed version of the list. If you would like to read it in full the link is below.


Lower Austria

On 23 January 2008, the State Parliament of Lower Austria resolved to implement the Passive House Standard for all public buildings. This directive applies to both new builds and retrofit projects.


In October of 2007, several municipalities in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg pledged to plan and construct all new public buildings to the Passive House Standard. These municipalities are Altach, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Frastanz, Götzis, Hörbranz, Krumbach, Langenegg, Mäder, Rankweil, Thüringen, Wolfurt and Zwischenwasser.


2008, the city of Wels …… New builds are to be both conceptualized and constructed according to the Passive House Standard. When retrofitting existing buildings, Passive House Components are to be used and the Standard is to be achieved. This policy applies to all developments maintained and administrated by the city of Wels and the Wels GmbH holding company.



Brussels Capital Region has adopted the targets of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that calls for all buildings to be Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings by the end of 2020…. Brussels’ new regulation is based on the Passive House Standard, making it mandatory for all new builds as well as all retrofits as of January 2015.


The province of Antwerp announced on 7 June 2013 its decision to apply the Passive House Standard in all public new builds and complete renovations.


British Columbia

The B.C. Energy Step Code supports the B.C. Building Act, by providing a consistent provincial standard for energy efficiency to replace the wide range of existing policies and programs developed by local governments. The highest Step 5 requires Passive House or Net-Zero Energy Ready


City of Toronto Green Standard: This standard focusses on improving to environmental, energy performance and resilience in new construction. It defines Tiers, similar to the BC Step Code, with the top Tier being near PH performance levels.


City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan: This Plan lays out four action strategies to require the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and that all new buildings have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Projects pursuing the Passive House Standards in the City of Vancouver are eligible for review by a Certified Passive House Tradesperson city building inspector. This is available for projects of any size where the permit was issued March 1, 2017, or later.



“Aschaffenburger Energiespar-Offensive”. Points 1 to 3 of this 16 point plan stipulate that all new builds are to be built to the Passive House Standard.

The state of Bavaria

On 19 July 2011, the council of ministers of the State of Bavaria passed legislation regarding energy standards for public buildings stipulating that all new build administrative buildings be constructed to the Passive House Standard.


The initiative, signed on 25 August 2009, came into force on 1 January 2010. It stipulates that all new public buildings owned by the city of Bremen must be built according to the Passive House Standard.

District of Darmstadt-Dieburg

The Da Di-Werk is in charge of construction, operation and maintenance of the 81 schools in the Darmstadt Dieburg district. Maintenance activities include all real estate properties, energy management as well as janitorial and cleaning services. According to the district’s guidelines……all new buildings must be designed and implemented according to the Passive House Standard.


As per the Resolution of 6 September 2007…….all new buildings belonging to the city administration……will be conceptualized to meet the Passive House Standard requirements.


The city of Freiburg, with the resolution from 22 July 2008, determines that from 2009 onwards all new residential buildings will have to follow the KfW 40 standard. Furthermore, from 2011 onwards the Passive House standard will be mandatory.


The Senate of Hamburg resolves: from 2012 onwards, municipal funding for new housing projects will be granted exclusively to Passive Houses. The municipal housing subsidies will thus gradually focus on the promotion of the construction of Passive Houses which do not use conventional heating.


One of Europe’s biggest and most innovative climate protection estates, consisting of about 300 terraced houses, semi-detached houses and detached single-family houses built to the Passive House Standard.


New municipal builds are to meet Passive House criteria, as verified by the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)……When selling building plots owned by the city of Heidelberg, property buyers will be obliged to construct residential and commercial buildings to the Passive House Standard through a corresponding provision in their purchasing agreements……The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP),….shall be the basis of the calculations.

The state of Hesse

As of September 2010, all public building projects must show energy performance that is, on average, 50% better than that stipulated by the national energy norms of 2009 (EnEV 2009), equal to Passive House levels of energy efficiency.


On 26 April 2010 the operating committee of the municipal building industry, together with the votes of the SPD, Green and FDP parties, resolved that as of that date, all new buildings in the city of Cologne must be designed under the Passive House concept.


New municipal buildings must fulfil Passive House Standard requirements and are to be conceptualized accordingly (e. g., an annual heating demand of 75 percent). The Passive House Standard shall be met, whenever possible. In case this standard cannot be met for technical or economic reasons, a justification must be given.


As part of its climate protection efforts, the city of Koblenz is committed to promoting the implementation of the Passive House Standard. In the development area of Asterstein, at least 120 Passive House buildings are to be built.


According to Resolution No. RBIV-1138/08 of 19 March 2008, the Mayor or the city of Leipzig is asked to ensure that all new buildings belonging to the city administration, municipal facilities and municipal enterprises, as well as all the new buildings of the “PPP-Modelle” programme in Leipzig, are built under the Passive House standard and are conceptualised accordingly.


On 16 February 2009, the City Council of Leverkusen resolved that all new buildings to be constructed must reach the Passive House standard. Accordingly, the target output for old buildings will be to reach this standard to the 50%.

District of Lippe

The administration is commissioned to plan and construct all new buildings to the Passive House Standard with a heating requirement of 15 kWh/m2. Passive House Components are to be applied when retrofitting existing buildings in order to achieve the Passive House Standard.

Lohfelden – Lindenberg

The municipality of Lohfelden is currently in the final planning stage of the Passive House district Lindenberg.


Construction of the student dorm “Boeselagerstraße“, one of Europe’s largest Passive House districts, was completed in May 2014. It provides housing for 535 students in total.


In accordance with the building guidelines of the city of Nuremberg, all new building projects will implement the Passive House Standard. In order to provide proof of this, the presentation of the current PHPP calculations is required.

Offenbach Harbour – Mainviertel

For its new city quarter known as the “Mainviertel”,….Passive House criteria are to be met for 50 percent of the gross floor area.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate

As of 2010 and as part of the goal to have a CO2 neutral State administration, all plans municipal new builds and renovations must be analysed to see whether these buildings can be feasibly constructed as Passive House buildings.

The state of Saarland

According to the coalition contract of the government of Saarland, all public new builds must be built to the Passive House Standard whereas the Standard will serve as a guideline for all renovations of public buildings owned by the State. Any deviation from this norm must be well founded.


In 1993, the city of Ulm resolved to implement increased thermal standards for new builds within the municipal area. The new Passive House district “Im Sonnenfeld” is taking this trend to the next level: The city of Ulm, in co-operation with regional and supra-regional investors, architects, energy consultants as well as the building trade, built this development of up to 104 row and semi-detached houses completely to the Passive House Standard.


The community council of Walldorf passed an energy programme on 20 July 2010 that requires all municipal new builds to be built to the Passive House Standard and to make use of renewable energy, where possible. All new buildings constructed on any property for sale by the city must achieve Passive House Standard


Dún Laoghaire, Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire, Rathdown has become the first municipality in the world requiring full Passive House (with PHPP) for all new construction. The 2016-22 County Development Plan (CDP) requires all new buildings to be Passive House standard or equivalent.

South-East Dublin

All new buildings in south-east Dublin must be built to the passive house standard or demonstrably equivalent levels.


Municipality of Muzzan, Province of Biella

Certifie Passive Houses are eligible for a 60% reduction in construction permitting fees.

Municipality of Botticino, Province of Brescia

Certified Passive Houses are eligible for a 15% reduction in primary and secondary planning fees.



As of 2017, the country of Luxembourg has legislated that all residential new builds are required to be built to the Passive House Standard.



In 2010, the city of Oslo resolved that as of 2014, all public new builds are to be built to the Passive House Standard.


Villamediana de Iregua

In June 2013, the municipality of Villamediana de Iregua passed a master plan, mandating that all public new builds must fulfil the Passive House Standard. In addition, 10% of all dwellings built within new urban development areas must be passive. This master plan makes Villamediana de Iregua the first Spanish municipality to adopt the Passive House Standard in its urban development policies.


Multifamily Green Financing

Under their Green Financing Loans options for multifamily properties, Fannie Mae now offers preferential pricing for projects certified by a select number of green building certification programs, including the PHI Passive House Standard

City of San Francisco

The City of San Francisco has included Passive House projects that aim for Passive House or EnerPHit certification in their list of options for fast-track planning approval.

Marin County, CA

The Marin County Board of Supervisors amended their building code in 2013 and included the following definitions: “Passive House” means a building that meets the Passive House standards as developed by the Passive House Institute, Germany, providing cost-effective energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort through modeling using the PHPP energy-modeling program. It further notes “The applicable green building rating system shall be that which is most recently adopted by Build It Green or the U.S. Green Building Council or the Passive House Institute.”

New York City, NY

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a policy One City: Built to Last in September 2014, to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings city-wide by 2050. The policy states that New York City will look to “Passive House, carbon neutral, or `zero net energy’ strategies to inform the standards.” In fact, Passive House is the only building energy efficiency standard noted in the plan.

Community Board One in downtown Manhattan, an important civic leader, incorporating the World Trade Center, Wall Street, City Hall and Chinatown areas, in December 2014 overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of the International Passive House Standard. It reads in part: “…CB 1 supports the investigation of the implementation of the PH Standard for its potential application to new construction and renovation in our community. It also encourages the completion of a public project in Lower Manhattan to demonstrate a zero-net energy standard and cost saving potentials…”

The State of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), formed by the Pennsylvania legislature to provide affordable homeownership, now provides incentives for Passive House compliance of multi-family buildings. Under the heading of “Energy Efficiency Goals”, Passive House is the only standard listed, reading in part; “The development meets/will meet Passive House Certification for energy efficiency.”

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