The Australian Passive House Association (APHA) is thrilled to announce that we are now members of ASBEC, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. We join 26 of the country’s distinguished organisations, including Engineers Australia, GBCA, Architects Institute of Australia and AIRAH, to continue their work in advancing sustainability across the sector.

ASBEC is “the peak body of key organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia”, and APHA is excited to join and amplify our message across the country and region. APHA’s mission is to promote the uptake of the Passive House standard, support our members and practitioners, and to advance research into the application of the standard in our industry and climate zones.

Becoming an ASBEC Member was pursued by APHA to respond to our members’ requests for the APHA to play a stronger advocacy role. We are happy to join with ASBEC to promote Passive House as a leading standard that can help deliver excellence in the built environment and play a crucial role in Australia’s transition to low carbon future.

The APHA is particularly excited to contribute to the discussions regarding resilience, low carbon and carbon neutral construction practices, and we bring decades of expertise in the sustainability and construction sectors to the table. In partnership with the International Passive House Association, APHA has been active in advancing building performance globally; we now look forward to leveraging this expertise to progress the local industry.

The Passive House standard delivers exemplar indoor environment quality and world’s best energy efficiency, with a focus on cost-effectiveness. Passive House Certification is applicable to all real estate asset types including residential, but also commercial properties, and works in all climate zones. We look forward to demonstrating how to align the Passive House approach with the many drivers of the Australian construction sector, to achieve a step change in the quality and performance of Australian buildings.

The APHA has seen the uptake of the Passive House standard increase dramatically over the last few years: a 60% year-on-year increase in the number of certified professionals and a concerted push into the warmer climates. 2017 will see the construction of three projects in Sydney, as well as dozens more across the country. We have been, and will remain, active in lobbying for the increase in minimum standards across all buildings types and climate zones, and will continue to actively support project teams and practitioners with events, publications and advocacy.

We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this partnership with our members and supporters. The APHA is set to announce a number of strategic developments in the near future – stay tuned!