Relevant Passive House websites in Belgium

  • www.passiefhuisplatform.be
    Passiefhuis Platform vzw (PHP) is the main NGO that promotes the passive house standard in Flanders, Belgium. PHP represents more than 160 professional members, from architects over suppliers to manufacturers, more than 200 private members, mostly people planning or building their own passive house, and 30 institutions, universities and organisations.
    PHP supports both the demand and the supply side of the passive house market. It offers professional advise, is a respected research partner in the broad field of passive applications, and provides education for professionals on passive construction, thermal bridges and the PHPP software. PHP, together with PMP, certify passive houses in function of a federal Belgian tax reduction.
     
  • www.passivehouse.be
    a symposium and building fair, as the central meeting point for the whole passive house 'scene' in Brussels
     
  • www.bouwdetails.be
    This website is the result of a PHP research project, executed with the support of the Flemish Region. Its goals was to elaborate construction details for passive houses, in close collaboration with and supported by the professional builders (architects, constructors, universities, ...). Two construction systems are documented: exterior wall insulation and timber frame construction using I-beams. For both construction systems, details are available in 2D as well as in 3D, accompanied by an extensive explanation about the choices made in the construction.
    Additionally, the site servers as a platform for further information, publishing the master theses dealing with specific passive constructions.
     
  • www.beterventileren.be
    Supported by the Flemish Government, PHP wants to answer the growing need for qualitative information on ventilation and climatisation concepts in passive houses, especially considering the very low energy and heating demand concerned. The site documents 39 different heating and sanitary hot water production scenarios. All scenarios are easily accessible, and come with abundant information on key components, installation and advantages and disadvantages. A visual representation in 3D is complemented by a more technical 2D approach, thus effectively reaching out to future passive house owners as well as professionals.
     
  • www.lehr.be
    Up to 35 percent of the total European energy consumption can be linked to the built environment, mainly in the residential sector. Renovation thus represents a huge potential to cut this consumption. The Low Energy Housing Retrofit project (LEHR), grouping three research teams (BBRI, UCL and PHP), aims at stimulating low energy retrofit by identifying successful renovations on a national and international level and documenting and spreading their key information, by spreading a manual on sustainable renovation aimed at architects and house owners, and by documenting technical solutions, aimed at the professional. The results of this project are available through the website.
     
  • www.maisonpassive.be
    Plate-forme Maison Passive asbl (PMP) is the main NGO that promotes the passive house standard in Wallonia, Belgium. PMP was founded in 2006, and is a rapidly growing organisation representing almost 140 professional members and 20 institutions, universities and organisations.
    PMP supports both the demand and the supply side of the passive house market. It offers professional advise, is a respected research partner and provides education for professionals on passive construction, thermal bridges and the PHPP software. PMP, together with PHP, certify passive houses in function of a federal Belgian tax reduction.
    Each year in September, PMP and PHP organise a symposium and building fair, as the central meeting point for the whole passive house 'scene' in Brussels: www.passivehouse.be
     
  • www.lamaisonpassive.be
    This site, an initiative of one of the pioneers in passive building in Wallonia, wants to spread the passive house principles to as broad an audience as possible. The site addresses professionals eager to learn about this new way of planning and constructing buildings, but also reaches out towards all private owners sensible to the problems of energy consumption and environment.
     
  • www.massiefpassief.be
    This website is the result of a collaboration between Wienerberger and Recticel insulation, and wants to disseminate as much information as possible about the application of the traditional cavity wall construction using ceramic bricks, to the passive house standard. Not only technical information can be found here, but also a blog about multiple pilot projects, illustrated by tens of photos. Amongst the projects, the construction of a hotel in Zolder, Belgium is documented.
     
  • www.ibgebim.be
    The Brussels institute for environmental management plays an important role in the Brussels Region to promote the passive house standard in the Belgian and European capital. The site offers a broad spectrum of information, including the very interesting subsidies for passive houses in particular, as well as information about the calls for pilot projects, aiming at a sustainable construction for new construction and retrofit. For new construction, the passive standard is considered a basic requirement.
    The Brussels institute also organises education aimed at professionals on the topic of energy efficiency, where the passive house standard has its place.
     
  • www.curbain.be
    Le Centre Urbain/Stadswinkel - Brussels Energy Agency (ABEA), is at disposal, through our information centre, for each citizen of the Brussels region and who is concerned to improve their living environment with the idea of sustainable urban development. They give free advice concerning house improvement techniques, energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, maintenance and preservation of the architectural build heritage, sound insulation and financial incentives.
    They also organise awareness and educational activities dealing with a sustainable urban habitat, including the passive house standard.
     
  • www.bbri.be
    The Belgian Building Research Institute is a private research institute founded in 1960 under impulse of the National Federation of Belgian Building Contractors in application of the so-called "De Groote" decree law of 1947, aimed at promoting applied research in the industry in order to improve its competitiveness.
    In application of this law the statutory contributing members of BBRI are the more than 65 000 Belgian construction companies (general contractors, carpenters, glaziers, plumbers, roofers, floorers, plasterers, painters, etc..) most of which are SMEs.
     
  • Passive house Blogs
    Not only official institutes provide an important source of information, more and more the owners of a passive construction make an internet blog about their project:

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