Passive House California at COP26

It should not be a surprise that the International Passive House Association (iPHA) was well represented at the recent COP26 in Glasgow. Four years earlier at the 2017 North American Passive House Network conference, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammad described Passive House as “a model for the developing… and the developed world.” (Originally published on the EcoReport 2017)

iPHA was involved in COP26 in several ways, including a tour of Passive House buildings in Glasgow. The guided tour visited new Passive House social housing units at Newfield Square, three retrofitted high-rise towers in Cedar Court, and an in-depth presentation of an EnerPHit, the Passive House standard for retrofits, refurbishment of traditional Victorian tenement flats on Niddrie Road.

It was pleasant surprise however, that Passive House California was included as a part of the Digital EU Pavilion – Online panel presentation, “Efficiency: The First Renewable Energy”, on November 5th. Earlier this year, Passive House California embraced the idea that efficiency is a renewable as the Monthly EpiPHany in our May Newsletter. ( On the panel, we had the opportunity to share that EpiPHany, as well as report on the increased traction for Passive House protocols here in California, due to the increased awareness of indoor air quality associated with the pandemic and smoke from wildfires. We were pleased to have been a part of COP26.