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Royal Institute Recognizes Passive House Founder

By Erin Weaver

Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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The Royal Institute of British Architects has recognized the “father of Passive House,” Wolfgang Feist, Ph.D., with one of twelve annual Honorary Fellowships awarded to non-architects for their contributions to the field.

Feist, who founded the Passivhaus Institut in Germany in 1996 and is its current director, says the award “shows that architecture is aware of the environmental challenges” it is facing, and notes that “high levels of energy efficiency and excellent architectural design go hand in hand.” The awards ceremony was held in London on February 6, 2013.

Another nod to sustainability in this year’s awards was the Honorary Fellowship given to Harry Mallgrave, Ph.D., director of the International Center for Sustainable New Cities at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Published March 11, 2013

Weaver, E. (2013, March 11). Royal Institute Recognizes Passive House Founder. Retrieved from

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