Gallery: World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

Passivhaus - the extremely energy-efficient building standard that has made great inroads in Europe - is commonly associated with homes, however the world’s first Passivhaus public bathhouse and swimming pool just opened this month in Lünen, Germany. The project showcases how even traditionally energy-intensive buildings can conform to the intensive building standard. The project pairs a super-efficient building shell with low-energy equipment, captures waste energy, and offsets energy use with solar electric panels. The 50% energy reduction translates to a whopping projected savings of €193,000 each year.

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The Lippe Bad Lünen pool is expected to draw 250,000 visitors a year, making the facility a breakthrough project for public green building and saving about a dollar per visitor in energy costs. The bath house was three years in the making, but it’s not completely new — a decommissioned district heating plant built in the sixties was reclaimed to house one of the pools. The original building went through a deep energy retrofit to meet the stringent building standard. The finished bath house has three indoor pools of various sizes and one outdoor pool.


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1 Comment

  1. david deacon April 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Is it possible to make a passivhaus domestic pool for private use?

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