MADE's 6th European delegation visited Darmstadt and Frankfurt to explore Passivhaus technology and how it has been applied in new-build and retrofit developments.
Sixteen delegates from a variety of backgrounds including architecture, building management and construction, joined the three-day delegation.
On the first day delegates visited the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt where Berthold Kaufmann introduced the five basic principles of Passivhaus:
You can download the presentation below.
A visit to the Pro Clima training facility in Schwetzingen, allowed delegates to see the application of the Passivhaus principles. A presentation by Michael Foster explained the process of achieving high levels of insulation, air-tightness and avoiding damage from moisture. Delegates then went on a tour of new-build and retro-fit developments accompanied by architects from LUWOGE, Thilo Cunz and Andre Zaman (http://www.luwoge.de)
In Frankfurt, delegates visited a retrofit project under development which included a Combined Heat and Power Plant for the development powered by Rape Seed Oil.
MADE organised the delegation as part of its commitment to the ESF funded Skills for Climate Change Project.
The Skills for Climate Change Project is led by Birmingham Metropolitan College and funded by the European Social Fund. The project brings together a number of the West Midlands leading environmental organisations to address the skills required to reduce CO2 emissions from existing buildings.