Passive House school yields convincing results

Climate Alliance member Halle (DE) inspires with energy efficient building

The newbuild of the Sankt Franziskus elementary school in Climate Alliance City of Halle (DE) stands as the region’s first ever school to be built to the Passive House Standard. In February 2014, 200 students and teachers moved into the new building and soon thereafter, the University of Magdeburg-Stendal began monitoring the building’s performance. Preliminary results have demonstrated proof of concept: the wooden construction consumes 90 percent less heating energy than comparable elementary schools in Germany. Many Climate Alliance municipalities have thus far come to know the benefits of the Passive House first hand – Climate Alliance sees Passive House as exemplary in terms of energy efficiency and as an optimal basis for climate-friendly architecture.

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