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In 2015, the UN set 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reached by 2030. The Passive House Standard plays a direct role in achieving many of these global aims for the built environment.

In order to identify how Passive House contributes to the SDGs, the International Passive House Association derived a list of relevant and recurring themes by reviewing the targets and indicators of the individual SDGs, summarised into 8 categories:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Economic and job creation
  • Social housing and energy poverty
  • Education
  • Resilient and innovative buildings
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • International cooperation
  • Climate change protection and accountability

Using these categories, 10 applicable SDGs were carefully selected from the original list of 17 where relevant targets or indicators show Passive House meaningfully influencing the particular SDG. These are:

SDG 1 – End poverty in all its forms

SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote learning opportunities for all

SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

SDG 8 – Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and productive employment for all

SDG 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable

SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Conclusions drawn:  If both the public and the private sector increase their implementation of the Passive House Standard, the results on a larger scale can lead to a substantial reduction of the total building-related carbon emissions, meet development targets including health and wellbeing, climate action, affordable and clean energy, and responsible consumption and production among others.

In a period when policymakers and the private sector are making decisions about the direction their building guidelines and business development will go, it is important to highlight the way the Passive House Standard can lead to better health, social, economic, and environmental outcomes. The SDGs are an ideal backdrop to illustrate where the Passive House Standard fits into global aims.

Please feel free to share the credited graphic above which sets this information out in a clear fashion, and you can read more detail on Passipedia here Passive House and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Connecting an international building standard with global aims [ ] (passipedia.org)

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Earth Day 2021 is on April 22nd! Restoring Our Earth is bigger than one solution or one country’s efforts. We must come together as a global community to make changes, and more importantly make them quickly. Recognising the crucial role that maximising the efficiency of the resources we already have is pivotal: EFFICIENCY is our FIRST renewable resource. Find out all about the Passive House Efficiency First Campaign here

#passivehouse #Passivhaus #efficiencyfirst #RestoreOurEarth #EarthDay

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The international campaign continues, with the launch of the PHINZ #EfficiencyFirst Pamphlet. This is available on our downloads page, and you can also view the pamphlets for other iPHA affiliates here

iPHA

Associação Passivhaus Portugal (PHPT)

Hellenic Passive House Institute

IG Passivhaus Deutschland

New York Passive House (NYPH)

North American Passive House Network (NAPHN)

Passivhaus Austria

Passive House California (PHCa)

Passivhaus Trust

Plataforma Edificación Passivhaus (PEP)

ZEPHIR Italy

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Have you seen the well-known visual example describing Passive House as a thermos versus a conventional building as an actively heated coffee machine? It’s time for an update!

In order to celebrate the announcement of the Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy campaign, the International Passive House Association is running a competition from 15 February – 1 March. The #ExplainPassiveHouse competition will showcase what the Passive House Standard is, using everyday household objects to describe how a Passive House building works! To take part, simply follow us and post your description of how a Passive House building works using common items to social media with the hashtags #ExplainPassiveHouse and #EfficiencyFirst between the 15th of February and 1st of March.

You can win a Passive House Designer or PHPP expert course or tickets to the 25th annual Internal Passive House Conference in Wuppertal, Germany this September!

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To participate:

1. Make sure you’re following iPHA on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram)

2. Post a description of how a Passive House building works using common items to social media between the 15th of February and 1st of March.

3. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ExplainPassiveHouse and #EfficiencyFirst. That’s it!

Terms and conditions: https://www.passivehouse-international.org/index.php?page_id=567

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