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Passive House buildings in different climates

Passive House buildings: a method rather than a building style

In Central European Climate there is a lot of practical experience on how to build Passive House buildings. But it would be a pitfall just to apply the Central European Passive House design, especially the details used for insulation, windows and ventilation and just copy these to a completely different situation because

  • there is a specific building tradition in every country and
  • there are specific climatic boundary conditions in every region.

Therefore, the specific solution for a Passive House has to be adapted to the country and the climate under consideration.


The principle remains the same - the details have to be adapted.
This statement can be taken as the general rule governing the design of Passive Houses in all climates around the globe.

This maps shows you, which places on earth - apart from Central-Europe with its cool-temperate climate - have already been investigated by the Passive House Institute
with a focus on the construction of Passive Houses.

The links in this chart lead to the articles Passipedia provides to the corresponding climate zones:
climate zones investigated region,
country or city
cold climatesYekaterinburg
warm climatesSouth-West Europe
New Zealand
hot, dry climates Las Vegas
hot, humid climates Dubai
subtropical, mild climates Tokyo / Hyakuri
tropical climates Salvador da Bahia, Mumbai, Singapore

See also

Read more about the studies Passive Houses for different climate zones and Passive Houses in tropical climates

Passive House in various climate zones - technical and economic aspects

Detailed and general remarks on hot and humid climates

A variety of built examples - Certified Passive Houses and EnerPHit retrofits - can be found here

PHPP climate data tool

Climate data tool for the Southern Hemisphere

The international criteria for Passive House and EnerPHit buildings - English

The international criteria for Passive House and EnerPHit buildings - Other languages

Summer situations in refurbished non-residential buildings

Information on the climate dependent criteria for Passive House suitable transparent buildings components is available on the website of the Passive House Institute

NEW! Clickable map / Passive House at a glance
Which components are needed to achieve the Passive House Standard / EnerPHit Standard in my European region?

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