Passive houses

Working for climate protection

Passive houses are particularly energy efficient buildings. Because they are well insulated, they need around 90 per cent less energy than the average of the german houses. Apart from low energy costs, they offer the advantages of a comfortable ambient temperature and good air quality. The lowest possible energy consumption is allied with exceptional comfort.

In Frankfurt, there are numerous buildings constructed to passive house standards. These include 3,500 homes, schools, day nurseries, sports halls and office buildings. If the floor space of all passive houses built in Frankfurt up to 2015 is added together, the total is 600,000 m².

As agreed by the municipal councillors, city-owned buildings are now being built as passive houses. In addition, buildings erected on plots of land purchased from the city of Frankfurt must comply with passive house standards. The city’s housing association, ABG Frankfurt Holding, is now building only in accordance with passive house standards.

Town houses constructed to passive house standards
A winner of the 2009 “Green Building Frankfurt” award: On a narrow plot of land to the east of the church of St Bernhard, the Scheffelstrasse buildings designed by architects ­Stefanie and Hans-Dieter Rook comprise ten passive house style town houses. The result is a family-oriented group of homes built to high design and functional standards. It just shows what can be done to fill the gaps in densely packed urban areas. © Michael Bender
Passive officehouse
Passive officehouse of the greendepartment and the Energy Ageny gone in operation in 2015. © Frankfurt Energy Agency/Salome Rössler


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“Green Building Frankfurt” architectural award

“Green Building Frankfurt” architectural award

Innovative, exceptionally well-designed and sustainable – these are the three essential characteristics of a “Green Building Frankfurt”. This award is presented by the city of Frankfurt am Main to builders and planners in recognition of the contribution made by their building to architecture and to climate protection. At the same time, the intention is to draw broad public attention to the award-winning “green” buildings and to inspire others to do something similar.In 2009 eight buildings – from passive house style homes to energy efficient office high-rises – were acclaimed as pioneers of sustainable construction.