“Towards sustainable future through knowledge” – Symposium held as a part of the SEEDpass project

During all-day Experts Symposium held on 15th July 2016 at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, the participants were acquainted with the objectives and results of the international SEEDpass project (2014-2016) with full name of “South East Europe strategic partnership in vocational education and training and the Passive House Design for NZEB development” which is co-financed from EU Erasmus + program.

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Symposium’s objective was presentation of the project results – educational materials for highly educated professionals from building sector. Also, Symposium introduced different complementary themes: dependency of sustainable architecture on climatological characteristics and respective architectural details, implementation of specific details, and the economic viability .

Lectures were held by representatives of all partner institutions of the project: Oikon – Institute for Applied Ecology Ltd. (HR), Faculty of Civil Engineering in Zagreb-GF (HR), Passive House Institute – PHI (D), Zero Energy and Passivhaus Institute for Research – ZEPHIR (I) and Hellenic Passive House Institute – HPHI (GR). Apart from partner organizations, featured were guest experts from international organizations (Croatian Green Building Council – BUILD UPON project (HR), Zero Energy and Passive House Association – SEPEV (TR)).  Croatian Green Building Council introduced a successful way of cross-sectoral cooperation through the current EU funded BUILD UPON project – as an example of good practice of long-term strategy for energy renovation. Guest speakers from young and proven successful organization SEPEV from Turkey, clarified the complementarity of LEED and PASSIVE HOUSE standards and demystified any division on different sides, with an emphasis on the complete product.

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Through selected examples of buildings, SEEDpass Consortium presented the principles of Passive House design as a solution for implementation of the nZEB Directive – with special emphasis on application in warm climates. The presented results of the SEEDpass project were announced to be finished completely by the end of of the project, and further to be used for educational purposes – Certified Passive House Designer courses.

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Based on the best of our knowledge, there are over 50,000 (residential and non-residential) passivhaus living units worldwide currently (one unit equals 100m² of living area).