Strategies for energy efficient buildings today and in 2050

Highly energy efficient buildings, with a heating/cooling demand of just 15 kWh/(m²yr) for new builds or 25 kWh/(m²yr) for retrofits, are already possible now. This has been shown time and time again by the tens of thousands of Passive House buildings worldwide, covering the spectrum of climates, architectural styles and building types (residential, commercial, municipal and special-use buildings such as swimming pools). With the support of industry and current technological improvements integrating BIM into project planning as a sustainable energy supportive technology for reducing carbon footprint and increase of energy performance, the buildings of today will go from strength to strength to meet EU 2050 goals. In this session we will discuss what we can do now, including the best practices and lessons learned when planning and constructing highly energy efficient buildings. This will be followed by a discussion of what still needs to be done and developed to meet 2050 targets, including ways in which industry must develop and the role of BIM in energy improvement management, with a particular focus on policy recommendations for further support for local actions and engagement.

There is a need to unite building construction techniques, policy formulation and policy implementation into a balanced and coherent system towards sustainability of the building sector. This event will introduce the audience to existing measures that support the uptake of energy efficient buildings and highlight their benefits as well as implementation methods when a multilevel governance approach is taken. In so doing, the challenges faced by the local authorities, the quality of implementation of their strategies and the need to improve their capacity to act will be a focal point of the discussion.

Passive House, BIM and high quality components are key to meeting the 2050 goals and this will be highlighted through panel discussions giving the private, public and academic sectors an opportunity to showcase existing solutions and future developments.


Head of International Communications
International Passive House Association
BIMcert Project Manager
Belfast Metropolitan College
Senior Project Manager
Executive Director
Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect
Secretary General
European Heating Industry
Vice President
Passive House Hungary
Head of Energy Department
Institute for Research in Environment, Civil engineering and Energy, IECE, North Macedonia
Component Certifier
Passive House Institute