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Certification of Buildings

Passive House buildings maintain pleasant indoor temperatures year round with extremely low energy demands. Such buildings require careful design, thorough planning and meticulous execution. The certification of a Passive House through the Passive House Institute or any of its accredited Building Certifiers offers enhanced quality assurance. The vast experience of these certifiers benefts designers throughout the planning process whereas the certification itself provides evidence of the building's quality.

New builds

Certification of residential Buildings
Criteria for certification of Passive Houses for residential use ( pdf 273 KB)

Certification of non-residential Buildings
Criteria for certification of Passive Houses for non-residential use ( pdf 961 KB)


EnerPHit - quality approved retrofits with Passive House components
Certification criteria (residential and non-residential buildings) ( pdf 694 KB)

Other guides

Overview of soft criteria for Passive House Buildings
Criteria in other languages (

Certified Passive House Buildings on record with the Passive House Institute (updated regularly)

(A map showing all certified Passive House buildings on record worldwide will be available soon).

The Passive House Institute offers

For more information, please contact us at building.certification[at]

Plaques for Certified Passive House Buildings

Owners of Certified Passive House Buildings can order a Passive House wall plaque. Such plaques can be ordered from the PHI accredited building certifier responsible for the building's certification. Read more

Built Passive Houses

A database of built Passive Houses can be found on the Passive House Database at



Passive House in Social Media


12th Passive House Days
13 to 15 Nov 2015, worldwide
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22 to 23 Apr 2016, Darmstadt
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Component Database

Passive House
Component Database
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New developments

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Seals for Certified Passive House Components
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PHPP 8 (2013)
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EnerPHit - PHI certification for thermal insulation systems
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EnerPHit -
PHI certification for retrofits
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Component Database
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Wall plaque
for certified Passive Houses
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Press releases

Latest press releases

Research & Literature

Passive Houses for different climate zones

Retrofits with Passive House components -
EnerPHit Planner Handbook
(in German)


Passive House Retail Stores now out
Overview of contents
(in German)

PHI Literature

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