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Green Building of the Week: World's first Passive House Premium Building in Kaufbeuren, Germany

Allison Friedman MA, United States 0 Ratings 102 Discussions 131 Group posts

Posted by: Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

A mixed-use building in Kaufbeuren, Germany, is the first to receive Passive House Premium certification. The House of Energy has an annual heating demand of 8 kWh.

According to gizmag, the building generates five times more energy than it uses!

The new Passive House Premium building class was launched earlier this year, along with the Passive House Plus class. Both classes take into account the transition of building energy sources from fossil sources to renewable energy.

For Passive House Plus accreditation, a building must not consume more than 45 kWh. The House of Energy actually falls slightly short of the required energy generation requirements at 103 kWh, but it was awarded Premium accreditation due to excellent energy usage. Its overall demand for renewable primary energy is just 21 kWh, almost a third less than required.

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