Plenary

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Wolfgang Feist
Founder of the Passive House Institute

Dr Wolfgang Feist, a physicist by training, is the founder and director of the Passive House Institute (PHI), an independent research institute founded in 1996 in Darmstadt, Germany. He has dedicated his career to the development of solutions for energy efficient buildings and increasing industry capacity worldwide through the Passive House Standard. Having researched at Tübingen, Kassel and Lund University since 1973, Feist was responsible for the planning and construction of the first Passive House building in 1991, which almost 25 years later still performs as initially designed. Since 2008, Dr Feist is also a professor of building physics at the University of Innsbruck, where he has worked within the Department of Energy Efficient Construction since 2008 to spur development in the region of Tyrol, Austria.

Among his many recognitions, Dr. Feist has been awarded the following:
2001 National German Environmental Award, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
2003 International Environmental Award of the City of Gothenborg
2013 Honorary Fellowship Award, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
2014 Sustainable Building Award, University City of Lund, Sweden

 

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Ilse Aigner
State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology in Bavaria

Ilse Aigner is the patron of the 22nd Passive House Conference in Munich and, since 2016, Vice Prime Minister of the State of Bavaria and State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology in Bavaria. Prior to this, she was Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture until September 2013. Ilse Aigner was part of the Bavarian Parliament from 1990 until 1998.

 

 

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Stephanie Jacobs
Head of the Division for Health and Environment, State Capital of Munich

Stephanie Jacobs studied law and is the head of the health and environment division in the state capital of Munich. Before that, she was the speaker for the former State Minister of Environment and Health, Werner Schnappauf, a member of a parliamentary group in Bavaria and Vice Director of the European Division in the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment.

 

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Christine Degenhart
President of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects

Christine Degenhart has been president of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects, which represents over 23 000 architects, since July 1, 2016. She has dealt with forward-facing topics like barrier-free buildings and quality of life in multigenerational buildings in several publications and is also a member of the Country Council of Upper Bavaria and leads her own architectural firm in Rosenheim.

 

 

 

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Michael Kordon
1. Vice President of the Bavarian Chamber of Civil Engineers

Michael Kordon has been Vice President of the Bavarian Chamber of Civil Engineers since 2014. Prior to this, he was in leading positions at the building authorities of Weilheim, Augsburg and Swabia, and the motorway authority of southern Bavaria. Kordon is a member of the VSVI (association of traffic and transport engineers in Bavaria) and the committee of accreditation at the ACQUIN-Institute.

 

 

 

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Dieter Vierlbeck
Deputy Managing Director of the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria

Dieter Vierlbeck studied electrical and industrial engineering in Munich and is CEO of the Bayrischer Handwerkstag e.V. (Association of Bavarian Craftsmen) and Deputy Managing Director of the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria. He also works in an honorary capacity in the Educational Institute of the Bavarian Economy Association and the RKW Bavaria. He has been the federal chairman of the Consortium of Church and Crafts since 2014.

 

 

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Frank Junker
CEO of the ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING

Frank Junker is a skilled lawyer, who as CEO, is responsible for the management of ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING. Owning more than 52,000 apartments, the ABG offers living space for almost a quarter of Frankfurt's residents. The ABG also offers more than 33,000 other rental units. The holding prides itself on providing modern and energy-efficient infrastructure in its apartments. It works in project development and serves third-parties like the Fraport AG od the Messe Frankfurt GmbH with architectural and engineering services. More than 2,800 ABG dwellings have been built in the Passive House Standard.

 

 

 

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Janna Schönfeld
Project Advisor in the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME)

Janna Schönfeld has been working for 3.5 years in the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission as Project Adviser on energy in buildings, in particular on deep retrofit. Before, she worked for the NGO APRODEV/ACT Alliance as Policy Adviser on Climate Change and Development, for the European Commission on energy in developing countries, for the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility, the German Technical Cooperation GIZ and in the European Parliament. She holds a Master in International Studies and a Bachelor in European Studies.

 

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Burkhard Schulze Darup
Architect

Burkhard Schulze Darup studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and has been a self-employed architect promoting resource efficiency and Passive House Components since 1987. He did his PhD in 2003 at the University of Hannover on the topic of "Energy-efficient retrofits of residential buildings with factor 10". In Nuremberg, he initiated the Kompetenzinitiative EnergieRegion Nürnberg in the field of energy efficient retrofitting and also works as an environmental consultant working for many different committees and institutes.

 

 

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Elrond Burrell
VIA architecture, Passivhaus in Plain English & More und Passive House Institute New Zealand

Elrond Burrell studied building science and architecture at the Victoria University of Wellington. He has been a certified Passive House Designer since 2016 and the owner "VIA architecture" since 2016. There, he designs high-performance buildings in compliance with the international Passive House Standard. Besides his profession, he was a guest speaker at several British universities and writes and publishes articles on his Passive House Blog "Passive House in Plain English & More".

 

 

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Frank Heidrich
Head of the directorate II C Heating and efficiency in buildings, research in the Federal Minstry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Dr. Frank Heidrich was born in Annaberg in 1954. After finishing his studies in economics and doing his PhD, he worked as a research associate at the building academy in the German Democratic Republic. He then worked as a department head in the GDR Federal Ministry of Building. In 1990 he became an advisor in the Federal Ministry of Building, Regional Planning and Urban Development. From 2007 he worked as Head of Division in the Federal Ministries for Transport, Construction and Urban Development (BMVBS) and for Economics and Energy (BMWi). Since 2015, he has been Head of the II C Department Heat and Efficiency in Buildings, Research at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy at the BMWi.

 

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Josef Hochhuber
Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology

Josef Hochhuber is a skilled engineer in the field of environmental engineering. He finished his studies at the Technical University of Berlin and in 1999, he completed his PhD at Montanuniversität Leoben. From 2011 until 2013 he was working for the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment and Health and since 2014, he has been Vice Head of the Department for Energy Affairs in the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.

 

 

 

 

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Franz Freundorfer
Founder of the PHC engineering office

After finishing high school and his carpentry apprenticeship, Franz Freundorfer studied wood engineering with a specialisation in window construction. During a two-year period when he worked as a freelance collaborator for a window construction company, Freundorfer developed an interest in Passive House Components. From then on, between 1995 and 2011, he brought more than 20 compatible Passive-House wooden window constructions to the market, receiving European patents for seven of them. Freundorfer also deals with development tasks for window manufacturers. Besides this, he also teaches in the fields of window construction, building physics, Passive House and PHPP. He has given lectures to future Passive House Designers since 2007. Freundorfer practices what he preaches, going home to his very own Passive House which he shares with his family.

 

 

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Michel Wassouf
Architect and founding member of the Spanish Passive House Association

Micheel Wassouf is a pioneering architect, designing energy efficient buildings in a Mediterranean/hot climate. He is a founding member of the Spanish Passive House Association, with over 20 years of experience as an architect, designing buildings in all of the planning stages. Since 2015, Wassouf has been an official Passive House building certifier. His firm "Energiehaus Arquitectos" is a leading firm for teaching the Passive House Standard, specialised in the social and cultural challenges in the Mediterranean countries. He regularly appears as an expert for energy efficiency and renewable energy across the Mediterranean, e.g. in MED-strategic projects like MARIE and ElihMed (funded by the EU).

 

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Simone Kreutzer
Founder and CEO of IG Passivs House Sverige

Simone Kreutzer is one of the most important pioneers of the Passive House in Sweden. She is founder and CEO of IG Passivhus Sverige, which has over 65 member companies. Simone Kreutzer graduated in engineering and is an architect and certified Passive House planner. She also brought the CEPH- and certified Passive House Tradesperson training to Sweden and works on several internationally certified Passive House projects as a leading consultant.

 

 

 

Workshops

 Workshop: PHPP Basics (in German)

   
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Esther Gollwitzer
Passive House Institute

Esther Gollwitzer studied architecture at both the Technical University of Darmstadt and at KTH in Stockholm. Subsequently, she developed detailed designs of non-residential and commercial PV systems while working at Goldbeck GmbH. Since 2009 she has worked as a researcher at the Passive House Institute http://www.passiv.de/en/index.php . She specialises in research, consulting and energy calculations for non-residential buildings, in particular, indoor swimming pools, and in the development of PHPP (Passive House Planning Package). Esther is also responsible for the certification of window frames and shutters in the area of thermal bridge calculations.

 

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Corinna Geiger
Passive House Institute

Corinna Geiger is an economic engineer and works as a scientist at the Passive House Institute since 2016. In her studies, she dealt intensively with the topics of energy-efficient planning and building as well as economics. Her main activity at the Passive House Institute is consulting and certification of buildings. She also administer the various course materials and teaches parts of the PHPP training courses.

 

Workshop: PHPP variant calculation

   
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Jan Steiger
Passive House Institute

Jan Steiger pursued a career as a traditional architect through his studies at the University of Stuttgart complemented with various internships. He became inspired by the Passive House Standard in 2004 while working at Michael Tribus Architecture in South Tyrol as internal project manager on energy efficiency and Passive House projects. Jan joined the Passive House Institute as a researcher in 2011, where he leads the development of PHPP and is thereby involved in the coordination of projects such as the DEEVi and the EU-funded project EuroPHit. Always seeking to provide a simple explanation of cost-effective and energy-efficient construction, Jan is also an experienced speaker and certifier of buildings, doors and building systems.

 

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Camille Sifferlen
Passive House Institute

Camille Sifferlen is a graduate architect from France, who has worked in the field of sustainable construction in her home country as well as in Spain, China, Australia and Germany. She is a particular advocate of the Passive House Standard, because it can be adapted to different climate zones and building types. Camille has worked at the Passive House Institute since 2015, where she mainly focuses on training and education. In addition to developing the e-learning platform, Camille regularly gives lectures and courses on energy efficiency and the planning tool designPH.

 

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Esther Golltwitzer
Passivhaus Institut

Dipl.-Ing. Esther Gollwitzer studierte Architektur an der TU Darmstadt und an der KTH in Stockholm. Anschließend erstellte sie bei Goldbeck GmbH Ausführungsplanung von Nichtwohngebäuden und gewerblichen PV - Anlagen. Seit 2009 arbeitet sie als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Passivhaus Institut. Ihre Schwerpunkte liegen in der Forschung, Beratung und Energiebilanzerstellung für Nichtwohngebäude (insbesondere für Hallenbäder) und in der Entwicklung des PHPP (Passivhaus
Projektierungspaket). Ergänzend dazu ist sie als Referentin tätig. Im Bereich der Wärmebrückenberechnung ist sie vor allem für die Zertifizierung von Fensterrahmen und Rollläden zuständig.

 

Workshop: designPH - from beginner to advanced user

   
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Dragoș Arnăutu
Passive House Institute

Dragoș Arnăutu is an architect at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt. He joined the Passive House team in 2012, working in the field of building consultancy and certification. He previously studied architecture at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and was awarded a Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Internship at the Passive House Institute.
Besides building consultancy and certification, Dragoș is currently involved in the development of an Online Certification Platform and designPH.
Dragoș teaches responsible architecture and believes the Passive House movement is on the right path towards achieving sustainability.

 

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Gergina Radeva
Passive House Institute

Gergina Radeva graduated with a master´s degree in architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. She became inspired by the Passive House Standard during her studies and joined the research team at the Passive House Institute right after her graduation in 2016. The main focus of her work is building consultancy and certification. Beside this, Gergina has also been involved in the research and development of designPH.

 

 

Workshop: New ventilation concepts (in German)

   
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Kristin Bräunlich
Passive House Institute

Kristin Bräunlich is a researcher at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, where she has worked since 2010 in the field of active ventilation. She previously studied Environmental Engineering in Glauchau, Germany. Following her studies, she worked for LMC Medical Components GmgH in the area of ventilation concepts for operating rooms in hospitals. She is currently involved in the certification of Passive House ventilation systems, several EU-funded projects and research projects on the topic of cost effective HVAC solutions. Furthermore, she is the project manager for a monitoring project examining different internal insulation solutions.

 

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Oliver Kah
Passive House Institute

Oliver Kah, a trained physicist, worked as a research associate at the University of Siegen between 1999 and 2001. His main focus was on the area of building physics and solar energy. Since 2001, he has worked at the Passive House Institute, where he deals with the energy efficiency potential of non-residential buildings, building technology and the development of energy balance methods.

 

 

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Tanja Schulz
Passive House Institute

Tanja Schulz studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and has worked at the Passive House Institute since 2006. She focuses on energy optimisation of special non-residential buildings, for example schools, swimming baths and hospitals as well as the area of ventilation (new buildings and retrofits).

 

Workshop: Air tightness and moisture control in various climates

   
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Wolfgang Hasper
Passive House Institute

Wolfgang Hasper has been a scientist at the Passive House Institute since 2005, focusing on building monitoring, project consulting, as well as education and training. Before joining PHI in 2005, he trained as an architect and gained broad experience in practical construction, ranging from his own work as a carpenter and locksmith to site supervision on behalf of an architect. He continues to be involved in a number of consulting and research projects, for which on-site quality assurance is an important part of the work. Current challenges include the development of simplified techniques for post-occupancy building performance monitoring. This involves using specialist measuring equipment and data evaluation procedures to make systematic performance evaluations and optimisations more accessible for designers and building owners worldwide.

 

Workshop: BIM based quality assuranceand efficiency design

   
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Jan Steiger
Passive House Institute

Jan Steiger pursued a career as a traditional architect through his studies at the University of Stuttgart complemented with various internships. He became inspired by the Passive House Standard in 2004 while working at Michael Tribus Architecture in South Tyrol as internal project manager on energy efficiency and Passive House projects. Jan joined the Passive House Institute as a researcher in 2011, where he leads the development of PHPP and is thereby involved in the coordination of projects such as the DEEVi and the EU-funded project EuroPHit. Always seeking to provide a simple explanation of cost-effective and energy-efficient construction, Jan is also an experienced speaker and certifier of buildings, doors and building systems.

 

Workshop: Economics of energy efficiency (in German)

   
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Berthold Kaufmann
Passive House Institute

Dr Berthold Kaufman, a physicist by training, began his career in the field of solar thermal plant development and consulting. He has worked as a senior research scientist at the Passive House Institute http://www.passiv.de/en/index.php since 2000, conducting research on the thermal properties of buildings, their energy consumption and thermal flows for planning purposes as well as on the design of highly insulated windows and compact heat pump systems. Dr Kaufman regularly consults for architects and construction contractors on Passive House design for both new builds and retrofits and also serves as an expert for questions regarding Passive House economics and financial analysis. In addition to his consulting work and numerous research publications, Dr Kaufman frequently holds technical Passive House seminars, lectures and speeches for international audiences.

Workshop: Energy efficiency and renewables towards optimal solutions (in German)

   
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Benjamin Krick
Passive House Institute

Dr Benjamin Krick works as a senior scientist at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, where he is head of the Component Certification department. His activities focus on the field of energy efficient, cost-effective windows and evaluation of the sustainable energy supply for buildings. Krick studied at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and conducted research at the University of Kassel, where he received his PhD in 2008 in experimental construction. As a trainer and author of numerous papers and books, he publishes and distributes his knowledge on energy efficient, cost-effective, sustainable building.

 

 

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Raphaël Vibert
Planning office Herz & Lang

Born in France, Raphaël Vibert works as a civil engineer at the renowned planning office Herz & Lang. In addition to Passive House design and Passive House certification, he also focuses on thermal building and plant simulation. His daily work looks at the safest and most economical ways of achieving the Passive House Standard with renewable energy systems for large residential and non-residential buildings. With the construction of his own wooden Passive House with electricity storage, together with Dieter Herz, he shows his conviction: "My Passive House Plus is my contribution to the energy transition and my financial security for the future".

 

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Andreas Miller
Freiberuflicher Energieberater und Architekt

Andreas studied Business and architecture in Würzburg. Following his studies he widened his knowledge at EZA! in Kempten becoming an energy consultant and Passive House designer. Andreas has also volunteered in regional energy initiatives and funding projects (e.g. CO²Contra). Since 2005 he has been working as a freelance energy consultant and architect. Economic and sustainable building and life are not a contradiction and renunciation.

 

 

Workshop: Energy efficient hot water systems

   
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Jessica Grove-Smith
Passive House Institute

Jessica Grove-Smith graduated with a master’s degree in physics (MPhys) from the University of Sussex in England. She has been part of the research team at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt since 2008. Her responsibilities range from stationary and dynamic energy demand modelling, climate data for the PHPP and hygrothermal simulations of individual building components. The application of the Passive House concept for indoor swimming pools has also been a major focus of her work, as well as contributions to the renewable primary energy assessment method has been introduced for the new Passive House classes.

 

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Oliver Ottinger
Passive House Institute

Oliver Ottinger, a senior scientist at the Passive House Institute, studied physics at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and completed his PhD in material science at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He has been working at the Passive House Institute since 2013, focusing on a variety of national and international research projects. Oliver has considerable experience in predicting the energy demands of Passive House buildings using both static and dynamic simulations. In addition, he has attended numerous conferences, working groups and course lectures as a speaker, distributing the knowledge gained from research projects.

Workshop: Commissioning and performance optimisation (in German)

   
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Wolfgang Hasper
Passive House Institute

Wolfgang Hasper has been a scientist at the Passive House Institute since 2005, focusing on building monitoring, project consulting, as well as education and training.  Before joining PHI in 2005, he trained as an architect and has gained broad experience in practical construction, ranging from his own work as a carpenter and locksmith to site supervision on behalf of an architect.

He continues to be involved in a number of consulting and research projects, for which on-site quality assurance is an important part of the work. Current challenges include the development of simplified techniques for post-occupancy building performance monitoring. This involves using specialist measuring equipment and data evaluation procedures to make systematic performance evaluations and optimisations more accessible for designers and building owners worldwide.

 

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Søren Peper
Passive House Institute

Søren Pepper studied environmental engineering in Hamburg, focusing his thesis work in 1995 on the comparison between actual consumption data and planned values of a multi-family low energy house. He has worked as a researcher at the Passive House Institute since 1998 where he coordinated the Research and Measurement group.Søren primarily focuses on monitoring buildings built to the Passive House Standard, both for new construction and retrofits. He has authored many research reports on a variety of different building types such as residential, schools and daycare centers, factories, office buildings and indoor swimming pools. Søren is also a specialist in airtightness and has worked on publications for airtightness measurement. He is a certified tester and a member of the asociation for airtightness in buildings (FLiB).

 

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Corinna Geiger
Passivhaus Institut

Corinna Geiger ist Wirtschaftsingenieurin und seit 2016 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Passivhaus Institut. In ihrem Studium hat sie sich intensiv mit den Themen energieeffizientes Planen und Bauen und Ökonomie auseinandergesetzt. Ihr Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt am Passivhaus Institut ist die Gebäudeberatung und Zertifizierung.

 

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Dr. Berthold Kaufmann
Passivhaus Institut

Dr. Berthold Kaufmann ist Physiker und war zu Beginn seiner beruflichen Laufbahn in der Entwicklung von Solarthermie-Anlagen und in der Beratung tätig. Seit 2000 leitet er beim Passivhaus Institut die Forschungsarbeiten zu thermischen Eigenschaften, Energieverbrauch und Wärmefluss von Gebäuden. Er wirkt dabei auch an der Konzeption stark isolierter Fenster und von kompakten Wärmepumpsystemen mit. Dr. Kaufmann berät Architekten und Bauunternehmer bei der Planung von Passivhäusern, sowohl von Neubauten als auch von Modernisierungen. Er ist zudem Experte, wenn es um die Wirtschaftlichkeit von Passivhäusern und Finanzanalysen geht. Zusätzlich zu seiner Beratertätigkeit und seinen zahlreichen wissenschaftlichen Publikationen hält Dr. Berthold Kaufmann Fachseminare zu Passivhäusern sowie Vorträge vor internationalem Publikum.

 

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Dr. Witta Ebel
Passivhaus Institut

Seit 1980 beschäftigt sich die studierte Physikerin und Mathematikerin Frau Dr. Witta Ebel mit den Themen Energiepolitik und Energieeffizienz. Sie war aktiv in die Entwicklung und in die Evaluierung des ersten Passivhauses in Darmstadt involviert, in dem sie seit seiner Errichtung 1991 selbst lebt. Dr. Witta Ebel ist eine der Mitbegründer des Passivhaus Instituts und ist dort seit 1996 in leitender Position tätig. Ebel engagiert sich in zahlreichen nationalen wie internationalen Projekten zur Energieeffizienz von Gebäuden. Dabei beschäftigt sie sich insbesondere mit der Forschung und Weiterentwicklung von Niedrigenergie- und Passivhäusern, mit der Energieeffizienz des Gebäudebestands und Energieszenarios, mit der Bewertung der Wirtschaftlichkeit sowie der Weiterentwicklung des Passivhaus-Projektierungspakets (PHPP) – das führende Planungstool für Passivhäuser.

 

Workshop: Cooling and dehumidification

   
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Jürgen Schnieders
Passive House Institute

Jürgen Schnieders is a physicist who has been part of Passive House Institute's scientific staff since 1997. Apart from consulting on building projects, monitoring projects, developing PHPP as well as all kinds of simulations, he is particularly dedicated to applying the Passive House approach to warm and hot climates. Jürgen wrote his PhD thesis on "Passive Houses in South West Europe" and was project leader for several studies on Passive Houses in different climates.

 

 

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Tomas Mikeska
Passive House Institute

Tomas Mikeska joined the team at Passive House Institute in 2014. He received his Phd degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in 2015. Tomas has been focusing on energy efficiency in buildings during most of his studies and sees the Passive House concept as a very natural way of building houses. His areas of expertize are technical installations in buildings with special focus on heating and cooling solutions. At Passive House Institute he is involved in the development of certification schemes for heat pumps.

 

 

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Sichen Sheng
Passive House Institute

Sichen Sheng studied building and energy engineering in China and Germany, focusing on building energy efficiency and building services. Since 2017, he has been part of the research team at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt. His responsibilities range from further developing the dynamic building simulation software Dynbil and consulting on various Chinese building projects. He also has special expertise in the cooling and dehumidification of Passive House buildings in warm and humid climate zones and related building services solutions. Moreover, he is involved in the development and support of IP-PHPP (imperial units) and PHPP CN.

 

 

Workshop: High efficient building facades - cozy, practicable and profitable (in German)

   
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Benjamin Krick
Passive House Institute

Dr Benjamin Krick works as a senior scientist at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, where he is head of the Component Certification department. His activities focus on the field of energy efficient, cost-effective windows and evaluation of the sustainable energy supply for buildings. Krick studied at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and conducted research at the University of Kassel, where he received his PhD in 2008 in experimental construction. As a trainer and author of numerous papers and books, he publishes and distributes his knowledge on energy efficient, cost-effective, sustainable building.

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Franz Freundorfer
Founder of the PHC engineering office

Frank Junker is a skilled lawyer, who as CEO, is responsible for the management of ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING. Owning more than 52,000 apartments, the ABG offers living space for almost a quarter of Frankfurt's residents. The ABG also offers more than 33,000 other rental units. The holding prides itself on providing modern and energy-efficient infrastructure in its apartments. It works in project development and serves third-parties like the Fraport AG od the Messe Frankfurt GmbH with architectural and engineering services. More than 2,800 ABG dwellings have been built in the Passive House Standard.