First passive house in Brazil

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  • Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
  • Construction Year : 2017
  • Delivery year : 2017
  • Address 1 - street : BR - 59290-972 0000 SãO GONçALO DO AMARANTE (NORTHEAST), Brazil
  • Climate zone : [As] Tropical dry

  • Net Floor Area : 56 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 68 000 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 1214.29 €/m2

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    113 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building
First construction in Brazil built according to the international Passive House standard and financed by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF (German ministry of Education and Research) in partnership with SENAI – RN (Brasil). This project was built with (imported) German technologies, because there’s currently not much technology available in Brazil with the necessary performance.

We imported bricks from a company called LIAPAN, because these bricks can be produced in Brazil and they are not burnt as the ones we have on the market, which will help reducing the CO2 emission from brick companies.

The main focus is to improve Brazilian building standards construction to make people pay more attention to air quality, thermal comfort, energy spending, amongst others.

The house is located at SENAI, which is a school focused on developing construction labor (from Brick layers to Construction coordinators). This pilot project will be used to spread Passive House technologies:  it will serve as a seminar room for hand labor, engineers, architects and anyone who is curious about it.

We also want to use this building to convince local manufacturers to produce the required high performance components. This will have a social impact, with the creation of new jobs and knowledge sharing.

In this project we also have an irrigation system (EcoRain – Germany) which can save up to 70% of water for grass irrigation, the whole system is automated. This system is way better than what we have available on our market because it avoids the over use of water because of evaporation, and also guarantees that every part is irrigated with the same amount of water (differently than the spliclers we have available).

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Photo credit

Luiz Bezerra


Construction Manager



    Felipe Bezerra Arquitetos - Brasil, Architekten Stein Hemmes Wirtz - Germany

    Structures calculist

    Joel Araujo

Contracting method

Other methods

Energy consumption

  • 113,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 300,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Other

    Cooling load 10 W/m2
    Cooling and dehumidification demand 69 kWh /(m2a ) calculated according to PHPP

Envelope performance

    Exterior wall
    LIAPLAN ULTRA 08 - 0,080 W/(mK) - 365 mm
    Exterior Plaster: 0,30 W/(mK) - 10 mm
    U-value = 0.21 W/(m2K)

    Basement floor / floor slab
    Concrete - 2,50 W/(mK) - 200 mm
    XPS - 0,035 W/(mK) - 250 mm
    U-value = 0.138 W/(m2K)

    Concrete - 2,50 W/(mK) - 200 mm
    XPS - 0,035 W/(mK) - 250 mm
    U-value = 0.135 W/(m2K)

    Unilux , IsoStar
    U w-value = 0.95 W/(m2K)

    U g-value = 0.75 W/(m2K)
    g -value = 21 %

    Entrance door
    U d-value = 0.71 W/(m2K)

    DIN 4108-7

  • 0,49


    • No heating system
    • No domestic hot water system
    • Reversible heat pump
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • No renewable energy systems

    PAUL, novus F 300
    ventilation unit with 84% heat recovery and 73% humidity recovery

Urban environment

    The building was built on the site of the construction training school for the construction industry, SENAI-RN.This school is located in the Northern Zone of Natal City, a region that is predominantly low in purchasing power.




    Structural work / Structure - Masonry - Facade

    Uv= 0.08 W/(mK) - Dimensions: 24,8 x 36,5 x 24,9
    It's made out of clay and it's not burnt during its fabrication process.

    We decided to use a material which can be produced in our regions (bricks made out of clay). For this house we imported all the bricks from Germany, but at the moment we are looking for manufacturers to start producing the bricks in Brazil.

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 68 000
  • 68 000
  • As we had to import everything from Germany (even the bricks) the cost was around $ 68.000 euros (R$ 340.000,00 reais – Brazilian Currency).

Water management

    Irrigation system that can save up to 70% water, german technology from ECORAIN. (


    At the moment we are collecting information about temperature and humidity in the house.

GHG emissions

  • 23,20 KgCO2/m2/year
  • According to PHPP

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)


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Energy & Hot Climates

Energy & Hot Climates

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Health & Comfort

Health & Comfort

Users' Choice

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