It was less than four years ago that the Passivhaus Institute recognized the world’s first skyscraper built to the Passivhaus standard, the Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus in Vienna. The Passivhaus standard rigorously stipulates whole-building energy performance that exceeds most other standards and requires planning from the outset of design. Since that time, a flurry of activity has emerged around the world, with dozens of Passivhaus projects now completed or underway. Now, this working group will create a technical guide establishing the most salient issues, challenges and techniques for achieving Passivhaus high-rise buildings economically.

For more information on the Passivhaus Working Group or to get involved, please contact [email protected]


Manuela Belova

Manuela Belova
Founding Partner
VA Architects
Sofia, Bulgaria

Philip Oldfield

Philip Oldfield
Senior Lecturer
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia