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Passivhaus & the Sustainable Development Goals

Have you wondered how the international Passivhaus standard connects with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?  Envisioned as a ‘‘blueprint to achieve a better and a more sustainable future for all’’, the UN set 17 SDGs to be reached by 2030. As policy-makers seek net-zero solutions, it is imperative to highlight how Passivhaus can lead to better health, social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

The SDGs were established in 2015 and encompass a wide array of fields and topics. As a widely recognised tool, they offer an ideal backdrop to illustrate how an efficiency-first approach such as Passivhaus fits into global aims.


Passivhaus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Connecting an international building standard with global aims. © International Passive House Association

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A review of the 17 SDGs themes and indicators derived eight umbrella categories as outlined in the infographic above. These categories enabled evaluation on which SDGs associated with Passivhaus and which had no tangible link. The Passivhaus Institute has identified that Passivhaus addresses 10 of the 17 SDGs.  For more detail on how Passivhaus relates to each SDG please visit Passipedia

All sectors, both public & private, must increase their implementation of Passivhaus (or equivalent standards.) Mainstreaming will lead to a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from buildings. It will also help reach targets for health & wellbeing, climate action, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption & production, amongst others.


Further Information

Passivhaus and the SDGs: Connecting an international building standard with global aims

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

16th August 2021

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