Passive design is not an attachment or supplement to architectural design, but a design process that is integrated with architectural design. Although it is mostly applied to new buildings, it has also been used for refurbishments.

A groundbreaking experiment  announced by Kahramaa, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and Barwa Real Estate (BRE) on Sunday could revolutionise Qatar and the region’s green building industry.

At a press conference, the three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the Qatar case study Passivhaus project Baytna, which will create a building standard for the country which is truly energy efficient, comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly.

A Passivhaus (or passive house in English) boasts an ultra-low energy, airtight building design requiring little energy for space cooling, reducing its environmental footprint. Originating in Germany, the concept has been widely adopted in Scandinavia, Northern, Central and North West Europe. While the basic principles of designing and building a Passivhaus remain the same across the world, the details are tailored to suit specific climate zones.