If you’re interested in seeing what a house built to the Passivhaus standard looks like, your opportunity is coming right up. November 7-9 marks the annual International Passivhaus Days in which hundreds of houses in many countries will be open for tour.
There are a couple of ways of searching for nearby Passivhaus homes that are part of the tour. One of them is by visiting the Passivhaus Database maintained by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.
The searchable database includes listings for 316 houses that are part of the open house globally. Click on a particular project and you’ll find photographs and technical details of the house, plus information on when the house will be open, where it’s located and how to get in touch for a guided tour.
You can also check listings posted by various regional Passivhaus organizations. In the New York area, for example, New York Passive House has posted an interactive map showing projects in the greater New York region, plus a schedule of when they will be open.
Other regional members of the North American Passive House Network have posted details of house tours in their areas.
The open houses have been taking place since 2004.