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Americans Interested in Austrian Passive House Technology

November 30, 2009

Professor Christoph Buxbaum held presentation in various U.S. cities 

“Austria is the a leader in the passive house technology”, claimed Austrian architect and senior lecturer Christoph Buxbaum from the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences during a lecture tour of various U.S. cities in November, 2009. Austria has the highest amount of passive houses in the European Union—a number which should continue to increase. The EU has set a 20/20/20 goal in its EU climate-change policy. The 20/20/20 aims to attain a 20% reduction in emissions, a 20% cut in energy consumption and 20% of the EU energy coming from renewable sources by 2020.

A passive house is an ultra-low-energy building that requires little energy for space heating or cooling. Just to name a few aspects, this is achieved by a compact design, a high standard of window technology, airtight construction, and very good insulation. A widespread use of passive house design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation, leading to reduction of CO2 emissions.

Christoph Buxbaum is a senior lecturer for Energy Efficient & Sustainable Building Design at the Department of Architecture at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria. He is engaged with several R&D projects within the field of building technology, particular for timber construction. He is also the principal of an architecture firm and a consultant for building technology. After participating in the Green Build Expo in Phoenix, and events in Washington D.C. and New York, he presented the lecture “Building Envelope Sustainability” to the prestigious American Institute of Architect in Chicago. The presentation in Chicago was organized by ABA - Invest in Austria and the Austrian Consulate General, and sponsored by Environment KC.