Any Certified Passive House Building or EnerPHit Retrofit, as well as larger complexes including such buildings, can enter the competition. In addition to single buildings, examples of wholistic urban planning concepts may be submitted for this year's award. Examples of planning based on the Passive House Standard that highlight the following as a model for nearly zero energy buildings are especially welcome:
- the intelligent use of renewable energy sources
- integrated energy supply concepts
- innovative designs
- solutions that respond to particular challenges, whether climate or otherwise
The deadline for entry has been extended by one month until 31 October 2013. Buildings will be judged on architectural design. Winners will be announced in April 2014 at the 18th International Passive House Conference in Aachen and be presented in the new edition of the Passive House brochure Active for more comfort - the Passive House.
Entries to this category must be Certified Passive House Buidlings or EnerPHit Retrofits, according to internationally recognised Passive House Institute criteria. This certification, carried out by either the Passive House Institute itself or by one of its accredited Building Certifiers, must be completed by 31 October 2013 and must be registered with the International Passive House database by that time.
Urban Planning: Regions and neighbourhoods
Entries to this category may be in either partially or fully completed. Any project larger in scope than a single building may participate in this category: a cluster of buildings, a street, a neighbourhood, an entire city or larger area. Municipalities and regional governments as well as clubs, housing associations, building companies, and other market actors large and small are welcome to enter their projects. Such entries must demonstrate a holistic, energy efficiency first concept. The additional use of on-site or nearby renewable energy solutions is welcomed where possible and sensible. No less than 1 building must be certified according to internationally recognised Passive House Institute criteria ffor Passive House or EnerPHit Buildings. This completed certification carried out by either the Passive House Institute itself or by one of its accredited Building Certifiers, must be part of the submission. Additionally, all certified buildings must be registered with the International Passive House database by that time. For entries including as of yet unfinished buildings, renderings illustrating design plans are encouraged.
Note: Buildings submitted to the category “Individual building” may also be part of a regional concept submitted to the category “Urban planning”. Buildings that have been certified as "Pilot Projects" by the Passive House Institute, whether EnerPHit or Passive House, also qualify as certified buildings for the purposes of this award.
Award winners and special recognitions will be selected by the jury and are dependent on submissions received. Prize money will be determined based on the number of awards given and total funding from sponsorships.
Please feel free to contact the International Passive House Association (iPHA) at email@example.com should you have any questions about eligibility.