Booming construction industry
"We are aware that this decision may be surprising to some. However, it is in China where the most construction activities are currently taking place, and this will continue to be the case in the coming decades. Each new building brings with it an additional demand for energy for heating and cooling, therefore it is extremely gratifying that China is making serious efforts to radically improve the energy efficiency of buildings. There is still a chance of meeting the climate protection objectives," explained Professor Wolfgang Feist of the University of Innsbruck.
Largest Passive House settlement
The 23rd International Passive House Conference will be held on 09 and 10 October 2019. The city of Gaobeidian lies around 100 kilometres south of the Chinese capital of Beijing in the Hebei Province. Among other things, a Passive House settlement is currently being built in Gaobeidian which, after completion, will be the largest energy efficient settlement in the world, boasting about one million square metres of living space.
Apartments can be viewed
The first construction phase of this settlement will have been completed by the time the 23rd Passive House Conference takes place. The apartments will be inhabited and it will be possible to view them. The settlement also features a guest house and a museum which have been built to the Passive House Standard. In general, many new buildings in China are currently being realised to the Passive House Standard, including in the cities Tianjin, Beijing and Qingdao.