Passivhaus Affiliate

Refurbishment Window Component Competition

Now in its second year, the Passive House Institute is announcing the Component Award The focus will be on windows which provide good results both during the transitional period without façade insulation as well as after completion of the refurbishment.

Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but since refurbishment work is often carried out in a step-by-step manner, flexible approaches are required.


Refurbishments will constitute an increasingly greater proportion of construction activities in the coming decades, therefore it is important that building owners are able to have access to high quality products and concepts Dr. Benjamin Krick, Head of Component Certification at the Passive House Institute.

Manufacturers registering for participation will receive the plans of an installation situation with specifications of the window geometry, and will then be required to submit an offer under the following categories:












The competition jury will consider the following aspects of Passivhaus windows within building refurbishment:

  • The cost efficiency; purchase costs will be measured against potential savings.
  • Practicability
  • Innovation
  • Aesthetics.

The cool/temperate climatic zone will apply for all four categories. Any windows which have been certified by the Passive House Institute may be entered.

The winners will be presented at the International Passive House Conference, which will be held from 17 - 18 April 2015 in Leipzig.


Submission Deadline: 1 February 2015.


Further Information:

Component Award 


24th November 2014

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