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The Passive House Standard, being a quality standard, dictates no particular methods of construction. Whether solid construction, wood or composite - architects can design Passive Houses according to their own preferences. Even manufacturers of prefabricated houses are offering Passive House designs. The versatile Passive House Standard is also increasingly being used in retrofits as well as for non-residential buildings such as schools, administrative buildings, manufacturing plants and hotels. As the Passive House concept is based on physical principles, each building can and should be adapted to its particular climate.
With approx. 50.000 Passive Houses in use worldwide (as of 2012), the Passive House Standard is rapidly spreading all over the world. As of today, Passive Houses have been built in nearly all European countries (see map), the United States, Canada, and Japan – to mention but a few. And this number is on the rise! Read more about the dissemination of the Passive House concept...
The following pages feature a variety of best practice examples for both residential and non-residential Passive House buildings.
Below you'll find a map of the Certified Passive House Buildings on record with the Passive House Institute. Each point represents a building with yellow points representing EnerPHit retrofits and red Passive House new builds. Note: A non-residential building unit equals 100m² of living space (treated floor area).
View a larger version of this map with building unit totals for each country.
A selection of examplary Passive House projects, recognised for their outstanding design in the 2010 Passive House Architecture Award, are documented in the photographic volume “1st Passive House Architecture Award – the Finalists” featuring the 10 award winners and the 14 finalists.