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Tall buildings are often demonised as climate-destructive architecture and tend to be the worst offenders in terms of energy-guzzling & carbon-intensive structures. However, thanks to the favourable form factors, tall buildings lend themselves well to meeting Passivhaus standards. 

Generally, the external surface area to internal volume produces an efficient shape (lower number) that requires less insulation to satisfy Passivhaus criteria. However, airtightness detailing, thermal bridging, & ventilation strategies all need far more care & attention. Still relatively rare – robust quality assurance is critical. Below is a selection of tall Passivhaus buildings (both newbuild & retrofit) from around the globe. Check the links under further information for useful reports & more.



World's first Passivhaus Tower certified in Vienna Palmerston Court, Battersea © AHMM. Aiming for Passivhaus
Bolueta Passivhaus © VArquitectos. Certified Passivhaus
Tianjin City 30 story tower. © Studio STI Architects. Certified Passivhaus Inspira Lezkairu, © VArquitectos. Certified Passivhaus Austrian office block © Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH. Certified Passivhaus
2 Trafalgar Way © Apt/ Urbanest. Aiming for Passivhaus
Sendero Verde.  © Handel Architects. Aiming for Passivhaus


Ageing post-war apartment towers, often providing affordable housing across the UK, increasingly face complex challenges that require repair. As we look towards a post-pandemic recovery amid a climate-challenged world, there’s an urgency to apply this type of holistic deep-retrofit thinking on a broader scale.

Ken Sobel Tower © ERA Architects. Aiming for EnerPHit

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Cedar Cedar Court © Andrew Lee / Collective Architecture. Aiming for EnerPHit
Administration building for the Austrian. Social Insurance. © Chaix & Morel et associés. Certified EnerPHit Plus Wilmcote House used Passivhaus methodology ©ECD Architects Wilhelminian style building apartments © Trimmel Wall Architekten ZTGmbH. Certified EnerPHi


The project stages are correct at September 2021.


Further Information

Passivhaus Quality Assurance: Large & Complex Buildings

Passivhaus Masterclass: Large & complex buildings

Allies & Morrison: PassivTower: Sustainable housing for the high density city

iPHA: Aiming high: Passivhaus high-rise buildings - 17 March 2021