The Passive House Institute (PHI) and its International Passive House Association (iPHA) initiative have joined the Buildings Action Coalition (BAC) in partnership with the Enniscorthy Forum, other coalition members, and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to support and advance the principles of high performance in buildings and the built environment. Susanne Winkel, Head of the global Training and Education scheme of PHI, and Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Enniscorthy Forum, signed the accession documents at a ceremony organized at Enniscorthy Castle under the auspices of the first ministerial summit of the Enniscorthy Forum.
Susanne Winkel noted “The Passive House Institute and the International Passive House Association developed and have been promoting the passive house standard for many years to advance the world on energy and climate efficiency. The memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme that has just been signed will help us accelerate progress on the built environment through collaboration with a global community that is focused on specific projects and programs conceived to deliver real results quickly. We are pleased to join forces with the BAC to offer our years of experience and capabilities and to collaborate with other players around the world.”
Barbara-Anne Murphy observed that “We welcome the Passive House Institute and its International Passive House Association initiative to the Buildings Action Coalition. The passive house standard is one of the critical foundations for the high-performance building principles that the BAC is disseminating and deploying, and it is a real pleasure to welcome them to our coalition. The BAC has a significant programme of collaborations underway including outreach, research, academic studies, construction projects, and education and training schemes. We will be expanding the BAC’s global membership network to more countries and more construction industry stakeholders. We also plan to mobilise resources and disseminate knowledge, experience and best practices to transition towards high performance buildings. PHI with its global activity in the field of research and quality assurance together with the international iPHA network will have important roles to play in this initiative.”

PHI has played a critical role in the development of the Passive House concept, a performance-based building standard that is energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time.  PHI retains a leading position in research on and development of construction concepts, building components, planning tools and quality assurance for especially energy efficient buildings. PHI makes its knowledge available including its research, its certification and its training programmes.   PHI seeks to make the Passive House standard of building performance understood, achievable, and adopted by government, industry, professionals, and the public through research, education, advocacy, events, and building projects. PHI aims to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through stakeholder education, practitioner training, research and demonstration, network building, policy implementation, and project and product technical assistance, and by raising or developing applicable resources and tools.

To strengthen international collaboration, the International Passive House Association (iPHA), an initiative hosted by PHI, acts as global member network of Passive House stakeholders, including architects, designers, scientists, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and property developers. With currently 23 international Affiliate Organizations, the iPHA network engages in coordinated dissemination and policy efforts to grow the Passive House Standard on the principle of thinking globally and acting locally.