Passive House Regions: A Guide to Success



Comparative analysis of front runner regions

The PassREg project investigates the key factors which have lead to the successful implementation of Passive House and Renewable Energy concepts in three European pilot (or front runner) regions: Hanover (Germany), Brussels (Belgium) and Tyrol (Austria). A comparative analysis was carried out to identify major trends and parameters and to communicate both achievements and failures on the road to success – the so called Success Models. Based on these findings, a Success Guide is being developed to encourage and assist other less experienced regions and municipalities to follow their example – thus becoming front runners themselves.


The comparative analysis of the front runner regions has produced an enormous wealth of good practices and solutions which, combined with the professional knowledge gleaned through the project and a pinch of imagination, have the potential to revolutionise construction practices all over Europe.

Key findings

Even at this stage, the message is quite clear: appropriate national regulatory frameworks create favourable conditions, but do not reduce the need for the active involvement of regional and local authorities who, in turn, need to be supported by accessible incentive schemes (or provide support, depending on the administrative structure). With all these mechanisms in place, building capacity for change by involving a wide range of local partners and stakeholders is key to their success. The competence of these actors is an important prerequisite for their effective contribution and the only way to create new sustainable industries and jobs, thus supporting overall economic growth.


Based on these findings, the Success Guide will help to produce many new ideas and solutions at local and regional level – which is where change actually happens.


Read about the Success Guide on Passipedia


Download the entire PassREg Success Guide Final Edition


PassREg Success Guide Final Edition [pdf 13.4MB]


Hanover Chapter [pdf] Brussels Chapter [pdf] Tyrol Chapter [pdf]




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